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Papua New Guinea
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Department of Agriculture and Livestock
Contact person name:
Elias Taia
Physical full address:
Agrofood Safety & Codex PNG Unit, Science & Technology Branch, Department of Agriculture & Livestock, P.O.Box 2141, Boroko, NCD, Papua New Guinea
Phone number:
+(675) 341 8839
Fax number:
+(675) 321 2236
Country introduction


 Papua New Guinea (PNG) has ratified the Cartagena Protocol on Biological Diversity in 2005, and is party to the Convention on Biological Diversity. A draft Biosafety and Biotechnology Policy and Bill (2005) has been developed. This framework was generated by the National Biosafety and Biotechnology Committee (NBBC). The mandate of this policy lies with the National Focal Point, which is the Environment and Conservation Authority (ECA); however, currently the NBBC remains dormant. Nonetheless, PNG has an active National Codex Committee (NCC), in which the ECA is represented. The NCC is responsible for addressing food safety standards development and other related technical issues such as GM-Platform issues under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Compliance Policy (2011) under the auspice of the Department of Agriculture & Livestock, which emphasises the integrated and/or coordinated approach mechanism. PNG, however, adopts the Codex Alimentarius Commission guidelines for the conduct of safety assessment of food materials derived from genetically modified organisms developed via modern biotechnology, and uses the principles for risk analysis on food derived from such organisms.


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Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:
Department of Environment & Conservation and Department of Agriculture & Livestock
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Stacked events
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Production and trade
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LLP/AP incidents
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Labelling requirement
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