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Procedure NameImport Permit for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)


Permit requirement for importers

Responsible Agency       

National Biosafety Authority

Address: Plot 100, Off Lake Road, Ibex Hill Gardens
               P.O. Box 51119
               Ibex Hill, Lusaka
Phone : +260 211 220 429


Legal base of the Procedure

The Biosafety Act, 2007


 Application for a permit for the importation of GMOs (Per Event)                                       ZMW 5 040

 Application to place on market food, feed or product derived from GMOs                          ZMW 15 000

Required Documents


Type of information



Application form

Documents necessary for the application
2 Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) form
3 Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) proof of registration

Process Steps

Step 1

Applicant establishes an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), registers with the authority and completes application forms.

Step 2

Applicant submits application forms with supporting documents

Step 3

 NBA Secretariat checks for completeness and accepts the application.

Step 4

Applicant is notified about their application status, proceeds to pay application fee and the authority  forwards copies to appropriate referral agencies for comments

Step 5

The applicant proceeds to advertise in two public newspapers inviting the public to submit comments to the Authority within 30 days.

Step 6  Scientific Advisory Committe (SAC) Reviews the application, and takes into account public and referral agency comments in its final recommendations to the Board.
Step 7 The approving section (National Biosafety Authority board) conducts a review of the recommendations by SAC and makes a final decision
Step 8 In case of missing or an incomplete application, NBA requests for additional or missing information from the applicant and In case of rejection, NBA gives the applicant a notice of rejection.
Step 9 In case of the application being compliant to the Biosafety Act, the NBA issues the applicant with a permit.
Step 10 Applicant collects permit



The following form/s are used in this procedure
TitleDescriptionCreated DateUpdated DateIssued By
Application for importation of GMOs03-12-201903-12-2019National Biosafety AuthorityThis is Dowload File
IBC registration Form30-03-202030-03-2020National Biosafety AuthorityThis is Dowload File
This procedure applies to the following measures
NameMeasure TypeAgencyDescriptionCommentsLegal DocumentValidity ToMeasure Class
Import Permit requirement for Genetically Modified OrganismsPermit RequirementNational Biosafety AuthorityNo person shall import any genetically modified organisms or any product of a genetically modified organism or deal in any manner with any genetically modified organism or a product of a genetically modified organism without a permit from the National Biosafety Authority.The permit to import applies to all genetically modified organisms.The Biosafety Act, 200709-09-9999Good