Introduction To Ethiopian Bio-Safety Clearing House

Ethiopia is signatory for Cartagena Biosafety protocol. In this connection, so as to foster the use, applications and safe transfers of biotechnology products, Ethiopia has adopted a favorable biosafety proclamation, with proclamation No 896 in 2015. This is a revised biosafety proclamation. Ethiopia has revised the previous proclamation to enhance access the products of modern biotechnology so as to increase its role in agricultural productivity and supply of raw materials for our growing industries.

To support the implementation of the proclamation, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission has endorsed five directives. The directives have been officially signed and publicized for all partners and stakeholders. In addition, the Commission has established National Biosafety Advisory committee members nominated which concerned Federal institutions with the role to advise the commission and the government on biosafety related issues.