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Record information and status
Record ID
113478
Status
Published
Date of creation
2018-06-07 21:43 UTC (bchnigeria@gmail.com)
Date of publication
2018-06-07 21:43 UTC (bchnigeria@gmail.com)

General Information
Country
  • Nigeria
Title of document
NATIONAL BIOSAFETY POLICY
Legislative details
Type of document
  • National Guideline
Subject areas
  • Information Sharing
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:

Policy Objectives

The main objectives of the National Biosafety Policy are:
1. Implementation of effective regulation and management of the production, release, commercialization, importation, exportation and trans-boundary movement of GMOs, in order to ensure that there will be no adverse effects of modern biotechnology on human health, the environment, food security, biodiversity or existing agricultural activities and markets in keeping with international standards;
2. Ensuring that the possible negative effects of GMOs on human health and biodiversity are prevented, minimized and/or eliminated;
3. Regulation of GMO-labelling;
4. Provision of an institutional framework for national decision-making process on biosafety, networking, monitoring of modern biotechnology Research and Development (R&D), and international cooperation in all matters relating to biosafety;
5. Facilitation of public awareness and participation in biosafety policy implementation and transparency in decision-making process;
6. Increasing the capacity of national institutions to implement and monitor a national framework for biosafety.
7. Supporting and facilitating capacity building in Biosafety, with particular reference to regulatory management, risk assessment, risk management, risk mitigation and risk communication, including the development of a roster of experts in biosafety.





SCOPE

This policy provides the framework to protect the natural resources of Nigeria and the health of the people living in the country from the potential adverse effects that may arise from the development and application of GMOs and its derived products. This will be achieved by:

I. Regulating, evaluating and monitoring the development and use of GMOs in Nigeria;

II. Establishing criteria for assessing potential risks associated with GMO use;

III. Developing the capacity in Nigeria to effectively manage and mitigate such potential risks;

IV. Promoting the establishment of collaborative links with regional countries and institutions on biosafety;

V. Establishing mechanisms for assessing the benefits to be derived from GMO use; and

VI. Ensuring that public education, participation and consultation is critical in the implementation of this policy.
Date of entry into force
2017-02-06
Document details
Document text
EN
NATIONAL_BIOSAFETY_POLICY.docx (772 KB)
NATIONAL BIOSAFETY POLICY
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
NATIONAL BIOSAFETY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.
National Parks Building, Umaru Musa Yar'adua Expressway, Airport Road
ABUJA, FCT-ABUJA
Nigeria
Phone:2348033147778
Fax:234-9-5234119
Email:biosafetyng@gmail.com