Food safety and quality
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Focal Point Information

Organization/agency name (Full name):
Department of Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health
Contact person name:
Dr. Sabei Htet Htet Htoo
Physical full address:
Building (601), Room (33), Narwayat Street, Bawgatheitdi Quarter, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Phone number:
95 9 2019071
Fax number:
95 67 403467
Country introduction
Regulatory framework:
My country does not have a regulatory framework that requires the competent authority to conduct safety assessment of GM food.
Structure for GM food safety assessment:
My country does not have a structure for GM food safety assessment.
Supplemental information:

In the process of developing regulation (Myanmar): Myanmar recognizes the ASEAN Guidelines on Risk Assessment of Agriculture-Related GMOs. Myanmar actively participated in the Meetings of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group on Biosafety, and other meetings organized and sponsored by the UNEP. To harmonize with international regulatory requirements for the products of modern biotechnology, the Myanmar Ambassador to the United Nations signed the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) on 11th May2001, in New York. In July 2003, Myanmar has signed a project document with &NEP-GEF to carry out the Development of National Biosafety Frame Work. The project was started in early 2004. As an outcome of the project, the third draft of national biosafety framework was completed in 2008.

According to national biosafety framework, a National Coordinating Committee (NCC) was formed with 15 members from 10 ministries and from the Justice Department and the Office of Attorney General, The NCC has appointed three responsible persons as full-time National Project Coordinators (NPC) each from the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Ministry of Forestry and Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Breeding.

Myanmar is currently in the stage of drafting Biosafety law.


Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:
GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country does not conduct safety assessment of GM food and we do not plan to develop any guidelines for GM food safety assessment.
Conduct of GM food safety assessment:
My country has never conducted safety assessment of GM food and will not (be able to) conduct such assessment in the near future.
Supplemental information on the implementation:
Stacked events
Regulation of stacked events:
There is no regulations in my country on stacked events.
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 may import GM food or feed and there is no authorization process.
Supplemental information on the production and trade:
LLP/AP incidents
LLP/AP incidents:
My country does not monitor LLP/AP situations.
Supplemental information on the LLP/AP incidents:
Labelling requirement
Labelling requirement:
My country does not have any labeling regulations/policies on GM food.
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:
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