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Sri Lanka
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Ministry of Health
Contact person name:
Lakshman Gamlath
Physical full address:
385, Rev Baddegama Wimalawansa Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka
Phone number:
0094 717723232
Fax number:
0094 112672004
Country introduction

Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian ocean. Total area is 65,610 km2 of which 4.4% is covered with water bodies. It has a population of 20,277,597 and population density is 323/km2. The climate is tropical and warm, due to the moderating effects of ocean winds. Under the food act of Sri Lanka regulation on production, importation, marketing of GM food are controlled. Pre-market approval need to be obtained for GM foods

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:

Chief Food Authority, Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka

GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country does not conduct safety assessment of GM food but the country has, or the country is in the process of developing 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 has never conducted food safety assessment of GM food but is planning to conduct such assessment in the near future.
Supplemental information on the implementation:
Stacked events
Regulation of stacked events:
There is no regulations in my country 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:
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
Other relevant documents:
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