Welcome to the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology.
Fostering Excellence through Knowledge and Innovation
"As we go forward, we will seek to be transactional in maintaining and strengthening the governance architecture, but we will also be transformational as we prepare the citizens for the new economy that requires the development of new parameters in education, innovation, and enterprise", - His Excellency, Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia
Modern Biotechnology is regarded as one of the technologies that will change the face of agriculture and many other economic sectors. The ability of this technology to cross species boundaries makes it a powerful tool that has to be closely managed and mastered by nations where agriculture is a critical sector of the economy and livelihood of citizens.
Biotechnology Testing and Research Facilities
The NCRST is in the process of establishing a GMO testing laboratory to facilitate full implementation of Namibia’s Biosafety Framework. The facilities will be designed to ensure compliance to international standards and would be prepared for accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025.
Biotechnology research facilities through coordinated research efforts, will aim to stimulate the transformation of knowledge to enhance food security through agricultural production, improve livelihoods and helping national entities to expand agricultural growth.
Administration of Biosafety Act
The Biosafety Act, 2006 (Act No. 7 of 2006) provides for measures to regulate activities involving the research, development, production, marketing, transport, application and other uses of Genetically Modified Organisms and specified products derived from genetically modified organisms; to establish a Biosafety Council and define its powers, functions and duties; and to make provision for incidental matters.
The Regulations to the Biosafety Act, 2006 (Act No. 7 of 2006) have been submitted to the Minster of Higher Education Training and Innovation for approval. Upon finalisation of the Regulations, both the Regulations and the commencement date will be Gazetted. While this process is on-going, the NCRST has established the administrative unit that will deal with the regulations of GMOs in the country.
The NCRST Biosafety Council will investigate and consider applications for permits to deal with GMOs or GMO products, and make recommendations to the Minister responsible for Science & Technology (currently, the Minister of Higher Education, Training & Innovation). The Minister will provide information and advice to the public in relation to the regulation of GMOs.