The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) is a state corporation in Kenya mandated to ensure safety of human and animal health and provide adequate protection of the environment from harmful effects that may result from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
The Authority was established by the Biosafety Act, 2009 to regulate all activities involving GMOs in food, feed, research, industry, trade and environmental release and it fulfils its mandate by ensuring and assuring safe development, transfer, handling and use of GMOs.
NBA has made great strides in establishing strong biosafety framework in Kenya by developing and publishing the following Biosafety Regulations:
i). The Biosafety (Environmental Release) Regulations, 2011
ii). The Biosafety (Import, Export and Transit) Regulations, 2011
iii). The Biosafety (Contained Use) Regulations, 2011
iv). The Biosafety (Labeling) Regulations, 2012
These regulations lay a clear procedure on handling GMOs whether plants, animals or microorganisms.
NBA is the National Focal Point for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and is mandated to implement the provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on all biosafety matters pertaining to GMOs.