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Declaration of Products Derived from or Containing Genetically Modified Organisms for Purposes of the Biosafety ACT, 2006 (ACT NO. 7 OF 2006) A
Ms Lovisa Kambonde- Immanuel (NCRST),Ms Nina Louw (RMB),Ms Ndahekelekwa Paulus (Winner) 4TH PLACE, Ms Mary Shikukutu (Winner) 2ND PL
The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) yesterday held a stakeholder workshop on the Draft Biosafety Regulations, in Windhoek.
The workshop was a follow up stakeholder workshop to review the draft biosafety regulations before submission to the Ministry of Justice for Gazetting, as provided by the Biosafety Act , 2006 (Act No. 7 of 2006). The workshop provided an opportunity for Namibia to develop regulatory instruments which would provide for safe transfer, handling and use of living Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in relation to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health, as required under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The Namibian Government has long recognized the importance of biotechnology and has acceded to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted by the Parties to that Convention. This was followed by the enactment of the Biosafety Act, 2006 (Act no 7 of 2006), which is administered by the NCRST as the Competent Authority. The NCRST has thus established the Biosafety Council, which will work to finalise the regulations to the Act. This process of drafting of regulation is participatory and would include stakeholder consultation. Upon finalisation of the Regulations, both the Regulations and the commencement date will be gazetted. The Commencement date gazette will also indicated the starting date that GMO’s will be regulated through the Biosafety Act. While this process is on-going, the Commission has also set in place the administrative unit to deal with the regulations of GMOs in the country.
“As we start this workshop, we embark on the process of formulating this regulatory instruments, it is important that we take into consideration the view and aspiration of the Namibian people. It is our hope that participants in this workshop would also be able to come up with ideas that could reflect the aspiration of the Namibian people, while also taking into consideration the international obligations related to instruments to which Namibia has ratified”, said Dr Eino Mvula, CEO of the NCRST.
Biotechnology is the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make useful products, or any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use. The development of genetically modified organism (GMO) has become the contentions and most discussed aspect of biotechnology. Indeed advancement in modern science and technology offers tremendous opportunities for improving the well-being of people and environment, however it also embody risks. Therefore there is a need to ensure that adequate care is taken consciously to inform the populace of the benefits and process related to these innovation.