Food safety and quality
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Focal Point Information

Organization/agency name (Full name):
Ethiopian Standards Agency
Contact person name:
tesfaye yakob
Physical full address:
Yeka sub city,Addis Ababa, P.O.Box 2310,Ethiopia
Phone number:
+251 11 6 460567
Fax number:
Country introduction
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:
Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

As my country is exercising federal system most of food safety assessment is carried out with federal ministry of health with its health regulatory wing called Ethiopian food and drug administration (EFDA) and its respective regional health regulatory bureaus for processed and semi processed foods. And as the same time raw/intact agricultural produces is mandated to federal ministry of agriculture and its respective regional agricultural bureaus.  

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:
In my country, GM food/feed that contains stacked event(s) is considered as a new product even if all single events that are stacked have already approved.
Supplemental information on the stacked events:

Based on Proclamation No.896/2015 Biosafety (Amendment) Proclamation article 2 (1) (1) definition of GM' is means any biological entity which has been artificially synthesized, or in which the genetic material or the expression of any of its traits has been changed by the introduction of any foreign gene whether taken from another organism, from a fossil organism or artificially synthesized;

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 has not faced any LLP/AP situations in the last 10 years.
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:

According to Proclamation No.1112/2019 Food and Medicine Administration Proclamation article 54 (c) state clearly about GM …A food containing genetically modified element may only be placed on the market if it is packaged and its label contains the phrase “genetically modified” “genetically modified organism” or other comparable description.  

Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
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