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Competent National Authority
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2020-04-16 07:00 UTC (jnjagi@biosafetykenya.go.ke)
Date of last update
2021-01-20 12:22 UTC (jnjagi@biosafetykenya.go.ke)
Date of publication
2021-04-14 06:47 UTC (jmuchiri@biosafetykenya.go.ke)

General information
  • Kenya
Name of the Competent National Authority
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service
Phone:(+254) 722-516221|723-786779 |733-874274|734-874141,20-3597201/2/3 |3536171/2
Fax:(+254) (20)-3536175
Url:Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service
Regulatory function
Administrative functions
  • Advises the National Biosafety Authority during the review of plant-based GMO applications.
  • Together with the National Biosafety Authority, the Agency supervises the movement of plant-based GM materials between trials and facilities.
  • Issuance of import, export or transit permits for plant based GMOs.
  • Together with the National Biosafety Authority, the Agency Inspects and audits of trial sites to ensure adherence to the approval conditions.
  • The Agency submits monitoring reports on GMOs released to the environment.
Detailed description of the regulatory functions
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is a regulatory agency whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the economy, the environment and human health. It has the following functions:

•Release of plant varieties.
•Grant of plant breeders right (s).
•Sampling and testing of seeds, plants and regulated articles.
•Issues import permits and export certificates for plant material including seed, grain, propagating material.
•Inspections of Quarantine facilities for plant Certification before Importation.
•Participation in Institutional Biosafety committees.
Types of LMOs under its jurisdiction
  • Plants
  • Micro-organisms
Additional contact information
Contact person
Prof. Theophilus Mutui
Managing Director
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)
Phone:+254 722-516221|723-786779 |733-874274|734-874141,20-3597201/2/3 |3536171/2