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Trinidad and Tobago
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Chemistry Food and Drugs
Contact person name:
Dr Deryck D. Pattron
Physical full address:
92 Frederick Street, Port of Spain
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Country introduction

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, has several organisations that address questions of

safety related to Food, Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices (Food and Drugs Division of

the Ministry of Health), the surroundings (the Environmental Management Authority,

Ministry of Public Utilities and, agriculture (The Plant and Animal Quarantine Services of the

Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources) and importations (Customs and Excise

Division of the Ministry of Finance). There is established legislation in these areas.

Recognizing that there exists no legislation on GMOs, a National Biosafety Policy was

developed as an important Public Health issue by the Government in August 2000. The

National Biosafety Policy takes into consideration the international agreements to which

Trinidad and Tobago is a signatory and is in harmony with the CARICOM Single Market and

Economy. Some of the international agreements include:

  1. The Cartagena Protocol on Biodiversity acceded on October 5th, 2000.
  2. The Sanitary and Phytosanitary.
  3. Technical Barriers to Trade.
  4. Trade Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.
  5. World Trade Organization.
  6. Codex Alimentarius.
  7. International Plant Protection Convention.
  8. World Organization for Animal Health.
  9. Universal declaration of Human Rights.

The National Biosafety Policy utilizes the precautionary principle that allows

informed decisions to be made regarding imports that could have potential adverse effects

on the environment and human health and well being. The focal point of the National

Biosafety Policy and by extension, legislation, is to protect and alert; prior  to arrival of

GMOs, upon arrival and during use. Continued networking, collaboration, skills training, risk

analysis, risk management, risk communication, infrastructure development and additional

resources need to be put in place, together with the requisite administrative and legislative

framework and regulations and concomitant enforcement to ensure public health and safety

for all.


Dr. Deryck D. Pattron, Ph.D.



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Stacked events
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Production and trade
GM food/feed production:
GM food/feed imports:
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LLP/AP incidents
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Labelling requirement
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