The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) was established by the Biosafety Act No. 2 of 2009 to exercise general supervision and control over the transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs are products of Modern Biotechnology that involve the manipulation of the genetic material of organisms through genetic engineering procedures.
The objective and purpose for which the Authority was established is to regulate research and commercial activities involving GMOs with a view to ensuring safety of human and animal health and provision of an adequate level of protection of the environment. To achieve this objective, the Authority shall establish a transparent science-based and predictable process to guide decision making on applications for approval of research and commercial activities involving GMOs.