Kenya appoints biosafety regulator board
Kenya’s Minister of Science and Technology has appointed the National Biosafety Authority’s board, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications reports. The board is a key provision in the Biosafety Act, which was passed last year ( Agrow No 562, p 17). It is composed of scientists, permanent secretaries from key Ministries, directors of biosafety regulatory agencies and representatives of farmers, consumers and the private sector. Minister William Ruto says the government is committed to transparency in biosafety matters, and looks forward to the board regulating GMOs and “enhancing modern biotechnology”. Kenyan researchers recently complained that the Authority had not issued rules governing the use of GMOs, hindering their adoption ( Agrow No 590, p 31).