• CBD – November 1994
  • Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety – October 2003
  • Nagoya Protocol on benefit sharing – September 2022
  • Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress – September 2022


Legal Status                        

  • National Biosafety Management Agency Act, 2015
  • National Biosafety Management Agency (Amendment) Act, 2019


Competent Authority        

National Focal Point

  • National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA)

Biosafety Regulations/Guidelines   

  • Nigeria National Biosafety Regulations 2017
  • Nigeria Biosafety Guidelines
  • Guideline for Certification of Containment Facilities
  • National Biosafety Guidelines on Gene Editing
  • National Guidelines for Institutional Biosafety Committee
  • Guideline For The Importation of Genetically Modified Organisms For Food Feed And/Or Processing
  • National Biosafety Inspection Guideline
  • National Biosafety Guidelines for risk Assessment and risk Management of GM Plants with Stacked Genes

Participating Institutions/Agencies

  • Office of the Secretary General of the Federation
  • Dept of Veterinary and Pest Control Services FMARD
  • National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA
  • Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Standards Organization of Nigeria
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat

Regulatory Review and Approval Processes

Research Permit

Open Release Permit

CFTs approvals

  • Nitrogen Use Efficient, Water Use Efficient and Salt Tolerant (NEWEST) Rice
  • African Bio-fortified Sorghum (ABS)
  • Pest Resistant Maize
  • Herbicide-tolerant soybeans
  • Disease Resistant Cassava

Environmental Approvals

  • Insect resistance cowpea
  • Insect resistance maize
  • Insect resistance cotton
  • Drought-tolerant wheat
  • Herbicide tolerance soybean