NEPAD Agency ABNE in partnership with the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) organized a training workshop on mock application evaluation of biotechnology products from 17 – 22 September, 2017 for Namibian regulators and stakeholders.
The main objective of the workshop was to build the capacity of Namibian regulators on the basic concepts of assessing genetically modified organisms (GMO) applications and to equip Namibian regulators with the necessary tools for the handling of GMO applications. Twenty participants took part in this training, including regulators from the Biosafety secretariat and legal secretariat, the Biosafety council members, technical experts from in line ministries and from Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency.
Through this workshop, the participants were successfully introduced to science background of the GMOs technologies, basic concepts of administrative handling of biosafety applications and they were able to understand the concept of risk analysis in the decision making pathways. The training also enhanced their capacity with regard to conducting risk assessment of GMOs and to review applications based on scientific evidence and socioeconomic considerations.
As per its mandate to provide technical support for the implementation of functional regulatory systems in African countries, ABNE is committed to continuing building the capacity of Namibian regulators in the biosafety area. Future interventions will include giving in-depth understanding of food/feed safety assessment, environmental risk assessment and training media practitioners in biosafety reporting.