• CBD – May 1994
  • Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety – May 2009
  • Nagoya Protocol on Benefit Sharing – November 2014
  • Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress – None Party

Legal Status                        

  • Biosafety Act, 2002
  • National Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy 2008

Competent Authority        

  • Environmental Affairs Department
  • Biosafety Register
  • National Biosafety Regulatory Committee

National Focal Point

  • Environmental Affairs Department

Biosafety Regulations/Guidelines

  • Biosafety (of Genetically Modified Organisms) Regulations
  • Guidelines for Safety Assessment and Risk Management of Genetically Organisms with Stacked Genes
  • Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of Food and Feed Derived from Genetically Modified Crops
  • Guidelines for Determining the Regulatory Process of Genome Edited Plants and Their Products in Malawi.
  • Biosafety Inspection Manual for field experiments involving Genetically Modified Plants

Participating Institutions/Agencies

Regulatory Review and Approval Processes

CFTs approvals

  • Disease-resistant banana
  • Pest-resistant cowpea


Environmental Approvals

  • Pest and herbicide-tolerant cotton