Biotech Updates

Senegal President Signs New and Improved Biosafety Law

July 13, 2022

Senegal President Macky Sall signed a new biosafety law into effect on June 14, 2022, which nullified the 2009 biosecurity law. This sets a new approval process for the import, research, and cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) products in the country.

According to Mr. Abdou Karim Sall, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, the new law enables Senegal to follow its international commitments and maximize the benefits of modern biotechnology. However, a set of implementing decrees will define the functionality of the law. The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has drafted 18 decrees, which will be put together into one decree after consultations with stakeholders and experts.

Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) reported that the new law is expected to bring innovations, including mandatory risk assessment and management procedures for all GE activity which will categorize GE and derived products into four levels of security. It also differentiates the approval process for various uses and purposes. For instance, the approval process for research will be simplified compared to the process for commercialization. The new law also emphasizes the requirements for public awareness and labeling.

Read more from the GAIN report.

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