Country information about GM food safety assessment
Introduction national biosafety regulations:
Nigeria signed and ratified an international treaty known as Cartegena protocol on Biosafety in 2000 and 2003 respectively and has equally signed the Nagoya Kuala Lumpur Supplementary protocol on Liability and redress to the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety in 2012.
The Federal Ministry of Environment developed a Biosafety bill in collaboration with National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria veterinary Institute, National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Education.
The Biosafety Bill was initially passed by the 6th National Assembly in 2011 but was not assented to by the President and it became time barred. The Bill is back to the National Assembly, has passed through second reading and public hearing and awaiting consideration and final passage at the Senate while in the House of Representatives, it has been committed to the committee of Whole; it is also awaiting consideration and final passage.
The Federal Ministry of Environment is the National Focal Point and Competent National Authority on Biosafety in Nigeria. It has a GMO Detection/Biosafety Laboratory domiciled at the National Biotechnology Development Agency and has also developed regulatory instruments such as Biosafety Policy, Guidelines & Regulations, Containment Facilities Guidelines, Confined Field trial monitoring and Inspection manual, National Biosafety Risk Assessment Framework, Nigeria Biosafety Socio-economic Consideration Guidelines, National guidelines on Biosafety Emergency Response, Draft Biosafety regulation on GMO’s Import & Export, GMO’s commercialization, Labelling, Packaging and transport.
The First Confined field trial (CFT) of GM Cassava (Biocassava Plus containing increased quantities of Iron, Zinc, Protein & B-carotene) in Nigeria was successfully conducted in 2010 at National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, Nigeria. Confined Field Trials on African Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) commenced in 2011 for the introgression of ABS traits into three adapted Nigerian varieties; National Biotechnology Development Agency is one of the participating institutions, while the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria has completed first multi-location trial of Bt-Cowpea which confers resistance to Maruca. Also, construction on Confined Field Trials on Nitrogen-Use Efficient Water-Use Efficient and Salt Tolerant Rice (NEWEST) is on-going at the National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI) Badeggi.
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
Information on stacked events
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