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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Cuban National Bureau of Standards (NC)
Contact person name:
Jorge Félix
Physical full address:
Calle E # 261 e/ 11 y 13, Vedado CP 10400 La Habana, Cuba
Phone number:
537 8300022
Fax number:
537 8388048
Country introduction

Cuba is a part of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety since 2002.

In this sense the national authority for this instrument is the National Center for Environmental Biosafety Ministry of Science, Technology  and Environment created by Resolution No. 67, 1996.

The mandate of this center includes among others, exercise control over the Living Modified Organism (LMO) in order to protect biodiversity and the environment in general. This authority works based on legislation  headed by Law No. 190 of Biosafety of 1999, and complementary legislation includes a number of technical regulations covering the contained use. As competent authority Biosafety, the center provides authorization for all activities involving LMOs both domestically produced and imported products that contain them. Resolution No. 180 of 2007, containing the decision making process regarding LMOs, which is carried out prior risk analysis process step by step, case by case.

For this Cuba has developed and has, since 2007, with a risk assessment guide containing between otrso respects the hazard identification techniques and some related to monitoring of LMOs elements. It works in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba based on the evaluation of those whose LMOs intended for direct use as food or processing.


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GM food/feed production:
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