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Feb 17, 2012

Ghana Approves GM Crops Under Biosafety Act 831

On 17 February 2012, the government of Ghana issued a press release announcing that Ghana's Biosafety Act 831 had received final Presidential Assent and become law. GM crops can now be grown in Ghana. The law establishes a regulatory framework for assessing and reviewing GM products, including food. 

The law is 28 pages long with nine sections. These cover:
  • Scope, 
  • Objectives and Establishment, 
  • Administration, 
  • Handling of Requests for Approvals, 
  • Reviews and Approvals, 
  • Technical Advisory Committee, 
  • Regulatory Agencies, 
  • Inspections, 
  • Finance and Miscellaneous. 

There are five schedules including:
  • Conduct of Business and Affairs of the Board
  • Information Required in Applications for Contained or Confined Use
  • Information Required in Applications for Release
  • Importation and Placing on the Market
  • Risk Assessment and Regulatory Agencies.

According to Professor Walter Sandow Alhassan, Project Coordinator on Strengthening Capacity for Safe Biotechnology Management in Sub-Sahara Africa (SABIMA) of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), "the enactment of the Biosafety law is the culmination of years of outreach activities and advocacy for biotechnology and Biosafety involving a cross-section of Ghanaians including the scientific community, media, farmer-based organisations, consumer associations, religious bodies and legislators supported by donor agents or their representatives."

For more see:

"Ghana's Biosafety Law Finally Receives Presidential Assent," Government of Ghana Press Release, 17 February 2012.

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