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Biosafety Expert (EXP)

published: 27 Nov 2014 last updated: 05 Dec 2014
General information
Profile of the expert
Josphat Muchiri is a Senior Biosafety Officer working at the National Biosafety Authority which is the National Competent Authority in Kenya. I am directly involved in the review of application dossiers submitted to the Authority as well as coordinating communication between the Authority and other expert reviewers working in various Universities and research institutes. I also head the monitoring and evaluation department that is involved in inspection of GMO containment facilities as well as monitoring of approved GMO projects to assess compliance to licence conditions. My overall duration in review of GMO dossiers is approximately 4 years and have handled about 30 applications so far. My background education is Agricultural sciences and more recently acquired masters degree on Biosafety and Biotechnology.
- Person: Mr Josphat Muchiri | BCH-CON-KE-254098-2
Mr Josphat Muchiri
P.O. BOX 18288
Nairobi, Nairobi
00100, Kenya
Phone: +254 722665224,
  • Kenyan
Details of current employment
National Biosafety Authority (NBA)
Government agency (National/Federal)
Technical Department
Government agency (National/Federal)
1.Receiving and Screening GMO applications for completeness and accuracy of information provided. 2.Coordinating and liasing with technical review experts and other Regulatory Agencies with a view to getting scientific and balanced information of the GMO applications. 3.Carrying out risk assessment on safety of human health, animal health and environmental protection. 4.Consolidating summary risk assessment reports for review by the Technical Committee of the Board. 5.Preparing decision documents, Technical Board Papers and approval documents of approved GMO projects. 6.Updating the National BCH (Biosafety Clearing House) that is linked to the international BCH on approved GMO and other biosafety developments in the country. 7.Inspection of containment and confined field trial facilities where research activities are undertaken. 8.Monitoring approved GMO projects for compliance with the Kenyan Biosafety laws as well as the approval conditions. 9.Receiving and reviewing progress reports of approved GMO projects. 10.Conducting general surveillance and sampling of products in the market for GMO testing. 11.Participating in trainings, workshops, ASK Shows, and other fora with a view of enhancing awareness on biosafety matters in the country and beyond. 12.Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports of the Technical Division. 13. Overseeing and monitoring the implementation of Performance Contract Targets including Vision 2030 Flagship projects being implemented by the Authority. 14. Deputizing the Quality Management System (QMR) in the implementation of an effective QMS and maintenance of ISO 9001:2008 Certification at the National Biosafety Authority.
Employment history
  • Kenya
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)
Seed Certification and Quality Assurance
Government agency (National/Federal)
1. Coordinated all technical operations in the region including seed inspection, Phytosanitary inspections and new varieties release Trials. 2. Was the Regional ISO 9001:2008 QMR Representative ensuring effective quality management system and maintenance of ISO Accreditation at all times. 3.I headed the Regional Procurement and Disposal Committee. 4.Vetting, training and registration of individual and common interest groups as seed growers in the region. 5.Field inspection and certification of seed crops mainly Cowpeas, Greengrams, Beans, Dolichos, Sorghum, Millet, Maize, Wheat, Barley, Potatoes and Nericca Rice. 6.Inspection and monitoring of bio-containment facilities in the region and in particular Confined Field Trials (CFT) in the region. 7.Carried out Seed and hard grain sampling for purposes of germination, purity, physical examination and pathological tests. 8.Carried out post certification surveys in all agro-dealers shops at the beginning of each rainy season to monitor the quality of seeds and fertilizers being sold to farmers. Where necessary, initiated and conducted training sessions to equip them with the legal aspects of seed and other farm inputs storage and handling. 9.Conducted post control assessment trials in our KEPHIS farm to audit the effectiveness of seed certification system. 10.Conducted National Performance Trials (NPT) and Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) tests including site selection, field layouts, planting, trial management, data collection and data entry for various crops before final release to the farmers. 11. Training of small scale farmers groups to enhance their agricultural productivity and meet market requirements.  Preparation, printing and issuance of web-based documents mainly Phytosanitary Certificates, Plant Import Permits and Seed Agro-dealers Licenses. 12. Compiling monthly, quarterly, annual and project technical reports for the region.
Post-secondary education A. Formal education
First Degree
Bsc. Agriculture
University of Nairobi
Second Degree
Msc. Horticulture
University of Nairobi
Third Degree
Msc. Horticulture
University of Nairobi
B. Other professional qualifications
  • GMO containment workshop organized by ICGEB and NEPAD-ABNE in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 29th July – 2nd August 2014.
  • Biosafety short course for African Regulators organized by NEPAD Agency African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) in Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda on 14-17th July 2014.
  • Training workshop on Risk assessment of GMOs organized by NBA and CERA at Aberdares County Club, Nyeri on 6-7th March 2014.
Areas of expertise
  • Biotechnology research and development
  • Risk management
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • THutchinson, M.J., Muchiri, J.N. and Waithaka, K. 2011. Cold storage and Flower keeping quality of cut lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum). Botswana Journal of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Vol. 7(2):4-11
  • Hutchinson, M.J., Muchiri, J.N. and Waithaka, K. 2011. Effects of chemical preservatives and water quality of cut lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum). Botswana Journal of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.
Professional memberships
  • Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB)
  • African Biotechnology Stekeholders Forum (ABSF)
  • Kenya Burea of Standards Biotechnology Committee- Previous Member
  • Biological Sub-Committee of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) National Committee- Member
Language proficiency
  • English
Language Level
English excellent
Other excellent
Any other relevant information
Has reviewed a number of GMO applications for the National Biosafety Authority (Kenya).
Nomination Type
Roster of Experts Open-ended Online Expert Forum on RA&RM
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