These regulations were  published in August2011 and cover activities involving release of GMOs into  the  environment; placing on the market and during commercialization.

The objective of these:

regulations is to ensure that potential adverse effects of genetically modified  organisms are  addressed so  as  to protect human health and the environment when conducting environmental release- availing GM products for use by the public.

These regulations have been put in place in preparation for GMO commercial release.

The Biosafety (Environmental Release) Regulations, 2011.pdf


These regulations were published in August 2011 with the aim of ensuring safe movement of genetically modified  organisms into, across and out of Kenya while protecting human health and the environment.

They provide clear procedures

on importation, exportation and transportation of GMOs and guidelines on measures to undertake  in case  of inadvertent release of the products into  the environment while  on transit.

The regulations require any person(s) involved in GMO import for  consumptions o  research; GMO export to any country and GMO transit from  one  country to another through Kenya to seek approval from the  National  Biosafety Authority.

 The Biosafety (Import, Export and Transit) Regulations, 2011(1).pdf


These  regulations were  published in August 2011 to guide activities involving GMOs under containment and confinement and are applied during research on GMOs while still in laboratory, greenhouse, growth chamber and confined field trials.

They also provide details,

procedures and  regulations of  Institutional Biosafety Committees, application for contained use  and  registration of decisions in the  National  Biosafety  Clearing  House-  an internet platform for sharing information on GMOs. The  objective  of  these Regulations is  to  ensure that  potential adverse effects of  genetically  modified organisms are addressed to protect human health and the environment when conducting research.
A person shall not undertake research on GMOs without prior  written  approval from the Authority.

Click here to download Contained Use Regulation 2011


The  objectives of  these  Regulations are  to ensure  that  consumers are   made  aware that the  food, feed  or product is genetically modified   so  that they  can  make   informed choices  and  also to facilitate the  traceability of products to  assist in the  implementation of  appropriate risk  management measures where  necessary.

The  Regulations seek  to facilitate accurate labeling,  monitoring  of  the   effects on  the environment and  where  appropriate, on health, and the  implementation of the appropriate risk management measures including  withdrawal of  products from  the market.

The  Regulations shall  not  apply  to: food, feed or their  ingredients containing approved genetically modified organisms and derived  products where  there is inadvertent presence of  genetically modified     material in proportions of less  than 1% of the  total weight,  highly refined  food, where  the  effect of  the  refining  process is  to  remove novel DNA and/or novel protein; a processing aid or food additive, except where novel DNA and/or novel protein from the processing aid or food additive  remains present in the food to which it has  been  added above  the  threshold level and food intended for consumption prepared and sold from food premises and vendors

Click here to download Labeling Regulation 2012

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