Regulatory status

  • The country signed the Cartagena Protocol in December 2000 and ratified it in December 2003.
  • The competent national authority is Nature Conservation Sector of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs.
  • A National Biosafety Law for Release of Genetically Modified Products exists.

R&D status

  • Commercial release of Bt cotton and CFT of several commodities especially vegetable (cucumber, squash, tomatoes) and sweet potatoes but due to a ban all biotechnology activities have been stopped.