Country information about GM food safety assessment
Introduction national biosafety regulations:
Iran has ratified Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in 2003. The National Biosafety Law has also been ratified in 2009. The regulation for the National Biosafety Law is under the review. All these laws and regulations deal with Living GMOs (LMOs) and there is no Law for the regulation of the non-living GMOs. All these laws and regulations are accessible at: http://bch.cbd.int/database/results?searchid=622770. Codex principles for the risk analysis of foods derived from modern biotechnology and other guidelines such as the Codex guidelines for the conduct of food safety assessment of foods produced using recombinant-DNA plants and microorganisms are widely accepted and used.
The process for authorization of new LMO release includes comprehensive risk assessment and management analysis. Ministry of Agriculture (Jihade Keshavarzi) is responsible for approval of the release, import, export, transit and use of Agricultural Related LMOs. The requests should be forwarded to: email@example.com; with a CC to National Focal Point: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety National Focal Point is in charge of all liaison affairs related to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and acts as the contact point for the communications received. The Ministry of Health and Medical Education is in charge with the approval of all LMOs related to food and medicine. Environmental Protection Organization is in charge with the environmental release of LMOs in the wild nature and/or related to the wild organisms. Detailed procedure for authorization of GM food and feed is under preparation.
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:
CPB National Focal Point, Director General, Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII), Tel. Office: 0098-2632709485 Mobile: 0098-9121271496 Fax: 0098-2632704539 E-mail: email@example.com