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Biosafety Law, Regulation, Guidelines and Agreements (LAW)

last updated: 23 Jan 2023
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 The objectives of the National Biosecurity Policy and Action Plan are to:  a. provide an adequate structure (legal, institutional framework, as well as relevant mechanisms and tools) for effective coordination of biosecurity activities, including prevention, mitigation and response to biosecurity events/incidents. b. integrate and institutionalize standard operating systems in all aspects and facilities of biosecurity; c. develop and implement relevant guidelines, plans, regulations and strategies for best-practices in all components of biosecurity; d. ensure best practices in the safety and biosecurity of human, biodiversity, environment for socio-economic development; e. ensure effective surveillance and monitoring systems, preparedness and response mechanisms to biological threats and related disasters; f. produce a viable pool of technically skilled and qualified human resources across Nigeria for the management and response to biosecurity issues; g. establish a robust and sustainable local and international collaborative network and strong information and expertise sharing system in the management of biosecurity; h. ensure the availability of relevant technical and financial resources including facilities and equipment for management of the national biosecurity system; and i. ensure public enlightenment and awareness of the populace on biosecurity

This policy shall address biosecurity and its related issues in Nigeria including the prevention, detection, mitigation and response to biosecurity issues. These shall include but not be limited to research and other activities, that use one or more of the agents or toxins listed in Appendix I with the aim or potential to: a) enhance the harmful consequences of the agent or toxin b) disrupt immunity or the effectiveness of an immunization against the agent or toxin without clinical and/or agricultural justification c) confer to the agent or toxin resistance to clinically and/or agriculturally useful prophylactic or therapeutic interventions against that agent or toxin or facilitates their ability to evade detection methodologies d) increase the stability, transmissibility, or the ability to disseminate the agent or toxin e) alter the host range or tropism of the agent or toxin f) enhance the susceptibility of a host population to the agent or toxin g) generate or reconstitutes an eradicated or extinct agent or toxin. 
23 Dec 2021
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