National Node of the BCH
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Biosafety?

Biosafety is defined as a “Set of measures or actions addressing the safety aspects related to the application of biotechnologies and to the release into the environment of transgenic plants and organisms, particularly microorganisms, that could negatively affect plant genetic resources, plant, animal or human health, or the environment” (UNEP Glossary, 2007).

Which agency regulates GMOs in Bhutan?

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is the national competent authority to regulate GMOs as per the Biosafety Act of Bhutan 2015.

Is import of living Modified Organism allowed?

As per the Biosafety Act of Bhutan 2015, import of GMO in viable forms not allowed. However import of GMOs in non-viable /non-reproducible form are allowed to import after fulfilling import requirements.