ICGEB Biosafety across the African Continent

Recent reports on ICGEB’s Biosafety capacity building projects in sub-Saharan Africa

As a scientific reference point for Parties that have ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity, ICGEB’s Biosafety Group disseminates information on biosafety issues and assists countries in the identification, regulation, managment and monitoring of products derived from modern biotechnology.

In June 2018, the National Biosafety Management Agency (NMBA), Nigeria, signed a training agreement with the ICGEB to boost the capacity of its staff to effectively regulate modern biotechnology in Nigeria; an ICGEB Member State since 1991.

This Agreement covers licensed access to ICGEB’s eLearning platform and Biosafety training materials. 

NMBA is also working very closely with the Nigerian Customs through the Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System, which would allow the agency to get prior notification before GMOs are imported into the country.

Also in June this year, Dennis Ndolo, ICGEB Biosafety Unit, Cape Town, presented at the Southern African Development Community SADC Workshop on the “Development of a Common position for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) COP14, Cartagena Protocol & Nagoya Protocol on Access & Benefit Sharing” in Gaborone, Botswana.