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Plot M217 Nakawa Industrial Area P.O.Box 6329 Kampala
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+256-414-505995 ,+25
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Country introduction

The Biotechnology and Bio safety Bill, 2012, is just before our Parliament. The Bill seeks to provide mechanisms to regulate the use of biotechnology and genetically modified organisms in the country. In Uganda, the Bio safety and biodiversity consortium under the National Council for Science and Technology is in charge of regulations, safety assessments, and establishing standards and policies in collaboration with the National Bureau of Standards .Some of the crops where tissue culture has been carried out are; Banana, Aloe vera, Coffee, Cassava, Passion. Presently tissue Culture Banana is on the market, through effort by Agro genetic laboratories, a private sector laboratory in Kampala. Public Institutions involved in Tissue culture research, development and applications include Kawanda National Agricultural Research Laboratories, Namulonge Crop resource institute and Makerere plant tissue culture and laboratories

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 has competent authority, agency, organization, ministry, department, committee, commission or a system/mechanism that is tasked to conduct or review GM food safety assessment.
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Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

The Consorti um Coordinator UBBC Secretariat, C/o Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, Plot 6 Kimera Road, Ntinda Tel: +256 712 935 664 , +256 772 585 221 P.O. Box 6884 Kampala, Uganda Email: ubbconsorti,

GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country follows 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 does not regularly conduct food safety assessment of GM food, but has conducted at least once in the past.
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Stacked events
Regulation of stacked events:
There is no regulations in my country on stacked events.
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Production and trade
GM food/feed production:
My country produces GM food or feed only for research purposes.
GM food/feed imports:
My country may import GM food or feed and there is no authorization process.
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LLP/AP incidents
LLP/AP incidents:
My country does not monitor LLP/AP situations.
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Labelling requirement
Labelling requirement:
My country is in the process of developing regulations/policies on GM food labeling.
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