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Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2005-05-29 12:09 UTC (zurinah@nre.gov.my)
Date of last update
2020-12-02 15:51 UTC (anita@biosafety.gov.my)
Date of publication
2020-12-02 15:51 UTC (anita@biosafety.gov.my)

General Information
  • Malaysia
  • Malaysia
Title of document
Biosafety Act 2007 (Act 678)
Legislative details
Type of document
  • Law
Subject areas
  • All functions pursuant to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Types of LMOs addressed
  • All types of organisms
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
An Act to establish the National Biosafety Board; to regulate the release, importation, exportation and contained use of living modified organisms, and the release of products of such organisms, with the objectives of protecting human, plant and animal health, the environment and biological diversity, and where there are threats of irreversible damage, lack of full scientific evidence may not be used as a reason not to take action to prevent such damage; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
Date of entry into force
Document details
Document text
Biosafety Act 2007 (Act 678) was passed in Parliament in July 2007 and enforced on 1 Dec 2009. Federal law that is applicable in all states in Malaysia
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
Department of Biosafety Malaysia
Ministry of Environment and Water
Level 4, Block F11, Complex F
Lebuh Perdana Timur, Precinct 1
Malaysia, 62000
Phone:+603 8886 1579,+603 8886 1746
Fax:+603-8890 4935
Url:Department of Biosafety Malaysia
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources
Level 12, Wisma Sumber Asli,
No. 25, Persiaran Perdana,
Precinct 4
Malaysia, 62574
Phone:+603-8886 1442
Url:Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources
Additional Information
Additional Information
Malaysia has passed a law on biosafety known as the Malaysian Biosafety Act 2007 (Act 678). The soft copy of the Act is available on this Biosafety Clearing House web-page or Department of Biosafety website.

The Malaysian Biosafety Act was enforced on 1 December 2009. There is an ongoing transition period of the Act before a full implementation. All queries regarding biosafety in Malaysia can be directed to biosafety@kats.gov.my

Decisions on transboundary movement of a LMO/LMO-FFP into Malaysia will be made by the National Biosafety Board with advice from the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC), Malaysia. 
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