ANNUAL BIOSAFETY FORUM | 2016 TO DATE
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, the Competent Authority for Biosafety in Uganda, has adopted the concept of an annual Biosafety platform for the National Biosafety Committee (NBC), Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs), Policy Makers, Media, Civil Society and researchers involved in Gene Technology research.
Participants convene to discuss scientific advances and biosafety regulation and their implications on Gene technology research developments in Uganda
The forum is also intended to keep the regulatory authorities abreast of new and emerging techniques in GM technology, discuss likely effects on the biosafety regulatory process and furthermore increase the knowledge and understanding of global scientific trends on GM technology
Since 2016, UNCST has organised an annual Biosafety Forum every February, as a platform for interaction among the various actors in biosafety and biotechnology.
Since inception, significant progress in biosafety regulatory considerations and compliance has been made in line with international obligations
OBJECTIVES OF THE FORUM
- To enhance the interaction between the NBC, IBC’s, national regulatory agencies, key decision makers, and biotechnology scientists/researchers in Uganda.
- To identify priorities for biosafety research, policy and regulatory development in Uganda.
- To facilitate improved implementation and compliance with national biosafety guidelines and regulations.
- To facilitate a coordinated and collaborative partnership for effective implementation of Biosafety regulation among regulatory agencies
- To facilitate international partnerships towards enhanced biosafety regulatory systems
A team of experts including biosafety practitioners, researchers, NBC, IBC and staff of UNCST carefully select the forum theme and topics addressing both emerging and topical issues pertaining to Biosafety Regulation. They also identify participants and facilitators for the Forum
PARTICIPATION AND FUNDING
For the past two years, the Forum has managed to bring together over 160 participants. They include members of Institutional Biosafety Committees, National Biosafety Committee members, principal investigators from academic and research institutions in Uganda, representatives of regulatory bodies, media practitioners, as well as experts in Biotechnology and Biosafety
The Forum is sponsored by the Government of Uganda through Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST).Other partners in the past years have been Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS), Open Forum on Agriculture Biotechnology (OFAB), and Uganda Biosciences Information Centre (UBIC)