Food safety and quality
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Focal Point Information

Organization/agency name (Full name):
National Biosafety Authority
Contact person name:
Prof. Dorington O. Ogoyi
Physical full address:
Commision for University Education Campus, Red Hill Road, Gigiri
Phone number:
Fax number:
Country introduction

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) was established pursuant to the provisions of the Biosafety Act No. 2 of 2009. The overarching mandate of NBA is to exercise general supervision and control over development, transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) so as to ensure safety of human and animal health and provide adequate protection of the environment. NBA is the competent authority of the Government of the Republic of Kenya and is the Focal Point of the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety.. The Authority regulates all activities involving GMOs in food, feed, research, industry, trade and environmental release. Since its inception in 2010, the Authority has developed a number of Regulations such as the Contained use Regulations, 2011 to guide research on GMOs, the Environmental release Regulations, 2011, Import, Export and Transit Regulations, 2011.The latest Regulations on Labelling GMOs that came into force as from May 2012 is intended to ensure that GMOs are clearly labelled so that consumers are made aware that the food, feed or product is genetically modified so that they can make informed choices and also to facilitate the traceability.

Regulatory framework:
My country has a regulatory framework that requires the competent authority to conduct safety assessment of GM food.
Structure for GM food safety assessment:
My country has competent authority, agency, organization, ministry, department, committee, commission or a system/mechanism that is tasked to conduct or review GM food safety assessment.
Supplemental information:
Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:


GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country follows the relevant Codex Guidelines or national/regional guidelines that are in line with the Codex Guidelines in conducting safety assessment of GM food.
Conduct of GM food safety assessment:
My country regularly conducts food safety assessment of GM food.
Supplemental information on the implementation:
Stacked events
Regulation of stacked events:
In my country, GM food/feed that contains stacked event(s) is considered as a new product even if all single events that are stacked have already approved.
Supplemental information on the stacked events:
Production and trade
GM food/feed production:
My country does not produce any GM food or feed.
GM food/feed imports:
My country does not import any GM food or feed (banned).
Supplemental information on the production and trade:
LLP/AP incidents
LLP/AP incidents:
My country has faced LLP/AP situations in the last 10 years.
Supplemental information on the LLP/AP incidents:
Labelling requirement
Labelling requirement:
My country has a mandatory and positive labeling regulation on GM food (i.e., It contains GMO).
Supplemental information on the Labelling requirement:
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
Other relevant documents:
Country information last modified: