Regulatory status

  • Cameroon signed the Cartagena Protocol in February 2001 and ratified it in February 2003.
  • A national law laying down safety regulations governing modern biotechnology in Cameroon exists since April 2003 and implementing regulations were adopted in May 2007 covering various aspects such as transboundary movement, contained use, LMOs for direct use as food, transit, pharmaceuticals, handling, transport, packaging and identification, LMOs for direct use as feed, LMOs for processing.

R&D status

  • Cotton: Combined herbicide resistant and insect resistant cotton has been tested in confined field conditions for four years and is currently under multi-locational trials which are the last stage before application for environmental release can be approved. It is expected that commercialization could start in the next two years.