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The African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF) is a member based organization founded in the year 2000 by a group of top Kenyan Scientists. This was at time when the country and the region as a whole were in need for mechanisms of enhancing awareness as well as instituting appropriate regulatory environment necessary for the development of biotechnology. Read More

Our Mission

To create an innovative and enabling Biotechnology Environment in Africa through Education, Enhanced Understanding and Awareness creation on all aspects of Biotechnology, Biosafety and Intellectual Property Rights.
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Our Vision

An enabling environment for biotechnology development and application in Africa, sustained by a vibrant well networked and coordinated stakeholder base.

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Recent Activities

Specific Parameter

Indicators of performance

Definition of indicator

Source of Data

Method of Data Capturing

Frequency

Responsibility

PA-01: Status Biosafety Regulatory Capacity

  1. Availability Laboratory facilities

No. of Biosafety labs

Number of laboratory facilities available for various GMO related tests

Biotech stakeholders meeting

Data collections sheets, reports from key informants

Annually

 

Types of biosafety tests

Various tests that could be conducted in the lab given the equipment, manpower and reagents available

Laboratory managers

Data collection sheets

Semi-annually

 

Number of bench space

Available work spaces adequate for a test

Laboratory managers

Data collection sheets

Semi-annually

 

Number of Biosafety professionals

Trained manpower of first degree and above

Lab managers and Institutions of Higher learning

Data collection sheets

Semi-annually

 

Types of support facilities

Supplementary equipment such as computers and freezers

Laboratory asset files

Data collection sheets

Annually

 
  1. Availability of Regulatory personnel

Number of Biosafety regulatory Institutions

Institutions collaborating with NBA

NBA

Key informant interviews/data collection sheets

Annually

 

Number of trained Biosafety Inspectors

Number of NBA inspectors

NBA

Data collection sheets

Annually

 

Number of entry points monitored

Entry points identified as potential entry/exit routes for GM materials

NBA/KEPHIS/KEBS

Key informant interviews

Annually

 

Number of inspectors per entry point

Qualified inspectors allocated to each point of entry

NBA/KEPHIS

Data collection sheets

Semi-annually

 

PA-02: Compliance with the Biosafety Act of 2009 and associated regulations

  1. Level of adherence to the general provisions of Biosafety Act of 2009

Number of education and awareness activities held

Workshops, seminars, field days, media activities, publications etc

NBA

Semi-structured questionnaires

Annually

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Compliance with Biosafety regulations

Number and type of Offences reported under the regulations

Any offence committed and reported under the biosafety laws

NBA, KEPHIS, KWS, NEMA, MoA, MoH, DVS,

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Remedial action(s) taken for the offense reported

Steps taken by the concerned regulatory authority to stop and/or prevent such offences

NBA, KEPHIS, KWS, NEMA, MoA, MoH, DVS,

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of approvals/permits withdrawn/discontinued by the regulator

-

NBA, KEPHIS, KWS, NEMA, MoA, MoH, DVS,

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Reasons for withdrawal of the permit

-

NBA, KEPHIS, KWS, NEMA, MoA, MoH, DVS,

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Challenges/impediments  faced by stakeholders in compliance

-

NBA, KEPHIS, KWS, NEMA, MoA, MoH, DVS,

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Complaints raised by the general public

-

NBA, KEPHIS, KWS, NEMA, MoA, MoH, DVS,

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

PA 03: Compliance with International Obligations (Cartagena Protocol)

  1. Occurrence of unintentional trans-boundary Movements likely

No of cases reported of unintentional trans-boundary movement

Accidental or non-man made trans-boundary crossing of GM material

NBA, KEPHIS, KWS, NEMA, MoA, MoH, DVS,

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
  1. Illegal trans-boundary movements

No of cases reported of illegal trans-boundary movement

Intentional but un approved movement of GM materials across boundaries

NBA, KEPHIS, KWS, NEMA, MoA, MoH, DVS,    police

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
  1. GMOs granted exemption status

Number of Exemptions granted within the period under review

Approvals given without risk assessment

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
  1. Summaries of risk assessments or environmental reviews of GMOs

Number Risk Assessments concluded

Risk assessment exercises to which a decision was reached

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
  1. Bilateral, regional and multilateral agreements and arrangements

Number of agreements in force in the period under review

Number of binding bilateral agreements directly applicable to GM materials

Department of Trade, NBA, Foreign Affairs

Data collection sheets

Annually

 
  1. Emergence Risk management

Number and type of biosafety related emergencies during the period

Issues that required urgent action to prevent harm

NBA, MoH, Police, KWS, NEMA

Data collection sheets

Annually

 

PA 04: Status of Biotechnology Activities (Import/Export/Transit/Research and Commercialization)

  1. Status of contained Use

Number of Applications for contained use

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of Approvals for contained use

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of actual contained use activities

-

NBA/Applicants

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
  1. Status of Confined Trials

Number Applications for confined use

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of approvals for confined use

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of actual confined use activities

-

NBA/Applicants

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
  1. Status of Environmental Release (open field trials)

Number of Applications for Environmental release

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Approvals for Environmental release

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Ongoing Environmental release experiments

-

NBA/Applicants

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
  1. Status of commercial release

Types and number of applications for commercial release

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of Approvals for commercial release

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of Actual Commercial release

-

NBA/Applicants

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
  1. Level of imports

Number of applications for importation

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of Approval for importations

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of actual importations made

-

NBA/Applicants/Customs

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

 

 

  1. Level of Exports

Number of applications for export

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of approval for export

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of actual exports

-

NBA/Applicants/Customs

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
  1. Level of transit activities

Number of applications for transit

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of approvals for transit

-

NBA

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 

Number of actual transits made through Kenya

-

NBA/Applicants/Customs

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
  1. Value Addition/Processing Activities

Number and types of value addition activities involving GM material

Types of primary processing of GM materials in Kenya

Processors/traders

Data collection sheets

Semi Annually

 
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