CBD – October 1994

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety – September 2003

Nagoya Protocol on Benefit Sharing October 2014

Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress – Non-Party


Legal Status

Biotechnology Policy, 2006

Biosafety Act, 2009 (Amended 2018)


Competent Authority

National Biosafety Authority (NBA)

National Focal Point

National Biosafety Authority (NBA)

Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry


Biosafety Regulations/Guidelines

Contained Use (August 2011)

Environmental Release (August 2011)

Import, Export, and Transit (August 2011)

The Biosafety (Labeling) Regulations, 2012 for Foods and Feeds

Genome Editing Guidelines (2022)

Participating Institutions/Agencies

Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC)

Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries (MALF)

Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)

Pest Control Products Board (PCPB)

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)

National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA)

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)

Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI)

Regulatory Review and Approval Process for Open Field Research 

Regulatory Review and Approval Process for Commercial Release

Confiend Field Trial Approvals

  • Insect-resistant and drought-tolerant maize
  • Insect-resistant and herbicide-resistance cotton
  • Disease-resistant banana
  • Disease-resistant potato
  • Diseases-resistant cassava

Environmental Approvals

  • Cotton