Chitedze Agricultural Research Station, Lilongwe, Malawi
Country information about GM food safety assessment
Malawi enacted a Biosafety Act in 2002, Gazetted the Biosafety Regulations in 2007, and approved a Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy in 2008. The Act is being reviewed to align it to the AU Protocol. The National Biosafety Regulatory Committee (NBRC) was established in 2007 pursuant to the provisions of the Biosafety Act of 2002. The overarching mandate of NBRC 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 also provide adequate protection of the environment. NBRC is the competent authority of the Government of the Republic of Malawi. NBRC is housed under the Department of Environmental Affairs, which is also a 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 2007, the Authority has developed a number of Regulations, guidelines and operating procedures, such as the Regulations, 2007 to guide research on GMOs, the Environmental release Regulations, 2007, Import, Export and Transit Regulations, 2007. Hence, Malawi has a functional regulatory framework for GMOs although the issue of substantive Registrar for NBRC is not yet sorted out.
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment