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Biosafety Law, Regulation, Guidelines and Agreements (LAW)

last updated: 09 Sep 2022
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The Plants (Importation) Control Regulations, 1997 (Amended 2005)
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Under the Plants (Quarantine) Act 1993, The Plants (Importation) Control Regulations, 1997, is currently the only legal instrument that directly addresses the issues of biosafety. It was amended in 2005 and may be cited as The Plants (Importation) Control (Amendment) Regulations, 2005. The amended Regulations, in "PART II: Genetically Modified Plants", seek to regulate the importation of any plant, seed, cutting or slip, which has been genetically modified and imported into Jamaica for the purpose of experimentation under controlled conditions.

The 2005 Regulations define “genetically modified plant” to mean a plant that has been genetically modified and imported into the Island for the purpose of experimentation under controlled conditions. The meaning of genetically modified is indicated in the request for container labels to state "... derived from genetic engineering procedures and possess novel traits ...".

Under these regulations the National Biosafety Committee is legislated to determine whether or not to grant approval for applications for the importation of genetically modified plants. The Committee also monitors the importation of any plant, seed, cutting or slip, which has been genetically modified and imported into Jamaica for the purpose of experimentation under controlled conditions.
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22 Apr 1997
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Amendments:

Plants (Importation) Control (Amendment) Regulations, 2005 (130/2005)

These Regulations amend the principal Regulations of 1997 by: inserting a new Part I; by renumbering Part I and Part II; by inserting a definition of “genetically modified plant” and a new regulation 22 in Part I; and by adding to Schedules to the Regulations. Part I prohibits the importation of plants, plant products or plants for planting listed in Part III of the First Schedule (reg. 4), requires an import permit for plants, plant products or plants for planting listed in Part II of the First Schedule (reg. 5), provides for inspection of plants entering the country by a Plant Quarantine Inspector, importation requirements such as a phytosanitary certificate and quarantine (regs. 6-8) and applications for a permit (reg. 9). The new regulation 22 declares importation of plants, plant products or plants for planting without a valid phytosanitary certificate to be an offence and defines other offences. The Second Schedule specifies fees for permits and inspection. 
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