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E-mail:
Country:
Qatar
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Ministry of Public Health
Contact person name:
Najat
Website:
Physical full address:
P.O.Box 42
Phone number:
+97444073916
Fax number:
+97444070837
Country introduction
Summary:

The State of Qatar is a peninsula located amid the western coast of the Arabian Gulf. Of the islands affiliated to Qatar, Halul, Shraouh and Al-Asshat are the most important.

Qatar’s capital city is Doha.

The land mainly consists of a flat rocky plain, covered with a range of low limestone outcroppings in Jebel Dukhan in the west and Jebel Fuyart in the north. This plain is mostly marked by its many inland seas (Khors), bays and basins called (al-Riyadh) over the northern and middle areas that are considered to be the most fertile lands housing different natural plants.

Qatar occupies an area of 11,521 square kilometers.

atar has a population of about one million and eight hundred thousand (as per 2012 Population census). About 83% of the population lives in Doha and its major suburb Al-Rayyan.

Arabic is the official language of the country, but English is also widely used.

Islam is the official religion of the State of Qatar, and the Islamic Law (Sharia) is a major source of legislation in the country.

Doha, Al-Wakrah, Al-Khor, Dukhan, Al-Shamal, Msaieed, Ras Lafan and others.

Qatar has a desert climate with hot summers, warm winters and scarce rainfall.

Framework
Regulatory framework:
My country has a regulatory framework that requires the competent authority to conduct safety assessment of GM food.
Structure for GM food safety assessment:
My country has competent authority, agency, organization, ministry, department, committee, commission or a system/mechanism that is tasked to conduct or review GM food safety assessment.
Supplemental information:

GSO 2141/2011 General requirements for genetically modified unprocessed Agricutural products

GSO 2142/2011 General requirements for genetically modified processed food and feed

GSO 2143/2011 General requirements for risk assessment and traceability for genaticaly modified products 

Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

Ministry of Public Health - Food Safety Department

Ministry of Municipalitiy and Environment   - Agricultural Department 

Assessment
GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country follows the relevant Codex Guidelines or national/regional guidelines that are in line with the Codex Guidelines in conducting safety assessment of GM food.
Conduct of GM food safety assessment:
My country regularly conducts food safety assessment of GM food.
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 allows imports GM food or feed upon authorization.
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 has a mandatory and positive labeling regulation on GM food (i.e., It contains GMO).
Supplemental information on the Labelling requirement:

GSO 2142: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED PROCESSED FOOD AND FEED

Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
Other relevant documents:
Country information last modified:
23/10/2019