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Procedure NameGenetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) Export Permit


Permit requirement for exporters

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

Fee  Application for a permit for the exportation of GMOs (Processing fee per Event)     ZMW 5 040

Required Documents


Type of information



Application Letter

Documents necessary for the application
2 Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) form
3 Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) proof of registration
4 Proof of payment of processing fee

Process Steps

Step 1

An application letter should be addressed to the Registrar National Biosafety Authority (NBA) for the certification of products.

Step 2

The applicant submits an application letter with supporting documents.

Step 3

 NBA Secretariat checks for completeness and accepts the application.

Step 4

The applicant is notified about their application status, proceeds to pay the processing 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 Committee (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) then conducts a review of the recommendations by SAC and makes a final decision.
Step 8 In case of missing information or an incomplete application, NBA requests for additional or missing information from the applicant and In case of rejection, the 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 The applicant collects permit.


The following form/s are used in this procedure
TitleDescriptionCreated DateUpdated DateIssued By
IBC registration Form30-03-202030-03-2020National Biosafety AuthorityThis is Dowload File
This procedure applies to the following measures
NameMeasure TypeAgencyDescriptionCommentsLegal DocumentValidity ToMeasure Class
Export Permit requirement for Genetically Modified OrganismsPermit RequirementNational Biosafety AuthorityAny person who intends to export a genetically modified organism or a product of a genetically modified organism shall provide to the National Biosafety Authority a written advance informed agreement or approval of the competent authority of the importing country and a valid export permit from the authority.The permit to export applies to all genetically modified organisms.The Biosafety Act, 200709-09-9999Good