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Namibia Agriculture Union (NAU)

Extract from the NAU Weekly News letter: 19 April 2013 

The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) in collaboration with the Namibian Biotechnology Alliance (NABA) hosted a Namibia Biosafety Awareness Workshop on 16th April 2013 at Hilton Hotel.  The NCRST is responsible for the development and implementation of the Namibia Biosafety Framework. 

The objective of the Workshop was to inform relevant stakeholders and the public on issues related to Biosafety and the current status of the development of the Namibia Biosafety Framework. The workshop also invited responses from stakeholders in terms of the implementation of the Biosafety Framework and the way forward.  Mrs Rina Hough represented the NAU at this workshop. 

The Biosafety Act was promulgated in 2006 and provides inter alia for measures to regulate activities involving the research, development, production, marketing, transport, application and other uses of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and specified products derived from GMOs.

During the workshop, the NCRST reported that the procedures to establish the Namibia Biosafety Framework was well on track – the Regulations to the Act is in a final draft stage, the Board of Commissioners have been appointed and the invitation for members on the Biosafety Council have been published.  The burning question regarding the commencement date of the Biosafety Act, as well as the implementation date of the Regulations to the said Act, could however not be answered by the by the NCRST. 

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