Convention on Biological Diversity (1993)

Cartagena Protocol (2003)


Legal Status                      

Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy (2008)

Genetic Engineering Regulatory Act 2018 (Under revision to include applications to health)

National Environment Act (2019)

Plant and Seed Act (2007)

Competent Authority   

Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)

National Biosafety Committee

Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs);

National Focal Point

Ministry of Water & Environment

Biosafety Regulations/Guidelines                         

Guidelines for Containment (2006)

National Guidelines for Field Trials of GE Plants and SOPs (2012)

Standard Operating Procedures for NBC (Revised 2012).

Inspection Manual (2007)

Participating Institutions/Agencies        

National Environment Management Authority

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

National Drug Authority

Uganda National Bureau of Standards

Regulatory Review and Approval Process

Currently for Research Only

Confined Field Trial Approvals

  • Pest and disease-resistant cooking banana
  • Vitamin-A enhanced cooking banana
  • Disease-resistant cassava
  • Pest, drought, and herbicide-resistant maize
  • Disease-resistant potato
  • Nitrogen use efficient, water use efficient, and salt tolerant Rice

Environmental Approvals

  • None