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E-mail:
mkmaharjan@gmail.com
Country:
Nepal
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Department of Food Technology and Quality Control
Contact person name:
Jiwan Prava Lama
Website:
Physical full address:
Dept. Food Technology and Quality Control, Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone number:
+977-1-4262369
Fax number:
+977-1-4262337
Country introduction
Summary:

Nepal, a small Himalayan country, is located between latitude 26o22' and 30o27' north and longitude 80o40' and 88o12' east, with area of 147,181 km2 and population of 26.6 million (growth rate 1.4%). Climatically, Nepal lies in the temperate zone with an added advantage of altitude from 90 to 8848 m. Geographically, Nepal is divided into three regions i.e., northern mountain, mid hill, and southern terai. The diversified agro-climatic conditions of Nepal have provided the country with huge potential to grow different agricultural crops. Government of Nepal has developed National Biosafety Framework in 2006. It has provision the policy framework and related authorities regarding national biosafety including GM Foods. Nepal has to build the capacity to monitor the GM Foods and its trade.

Framework
Regulatory framework:
My country is in the process in developing a regulatory framework that requires the competent authority to conduct safety assessment of GM food.
Structure for GM food safety assessment:
My country is in the process in developing a structure for GM food safety assessment.
Supplemental information:
Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, Kathmandu, Nepal; Tel.: +977-1-4262369; Fax: +977-1-4262337; Email: info@dftqc.gov.np; www.dftqc.gov.np

Assessment
GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country does not conduct safety assessment of GM food but the country has, or the country is in the process of developing national/regional guidelines that are not in line with the Codex Guidelines in conducting safety assessment of GM food.
Conduct of GM food safety assessment:
My country has never conducted food safety assessment of GM food but is planning to conduct such assessment in the near future.
Supplemental information on the implementation:
Stacked events
Regulation of stacked events:
My country is in the process of developing relevant regulations 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 does not import any GM food or feed (banned).
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 allows a voluntary and positive labeling 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:
Country information last modified:
19/08/2017