Thursday, 18 October 2018

MPS visit Uganda Virus Research Institute for a consultative meeting on the Biotechnology and biosafety Bill.

Members of Parliament on the Science and Technology Committee have visited the Uganda Virus Research Institute for a consultation meeting on the Biotechnology and biosafety BillThe MPs were hosted by the Acting Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute Dr Pontiano Kaleebu and the senior management team.
The MPs visit was to get the institute’s final contribution to the bill before it can be passed into law. After the consultative meeting the MPs visited various departments and laboratories at the institute
Uganda formulated the Biotechnology and biosafety policy, which was approved by Cabinet in 2008 in fulfilling her obligation after ratifying the Cartagena Protocol in 2001. 
The protocol requires each party to take necessary and appropriate legal, administrative and other measures to implement obligations concerning genetically modified organisms. This led to the current biotechnology and the biosafety bill before parliament.

The biosafety law will strengthen the existing laws and establish relevant institutions that will ensure products from biotech research are safe.
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