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The Authority carries out the following Activities Regulatory Services

1. Processing applications for import permits for products of biotechnology.

2. Supervising the importation/exportation of feed and seed.

3. Registration and audit of biotechnology facilities.

4. Biosafety policy development.

5. Conducting assessments of the potential unintentional release of GMOs ,into the environment.

6. Supervising the contained use, trial release and general release and general release of biotechnology products like GMOs.

7. GMO surveillance and testing.

8. Capacity building training biosafety courses like risk assessment.


Research and Development Services

1. Development of specialized research programmes in biotechnology in national universities, government departments and parastatal.

2. Contract research and joint collaborative work with regional and international research centres, multinational and private organizations or companies.


Public Awareness and Education

1. Conducting biotechnology awareness.

2. Producing biotechnology and biosafety awareness and educational material.


  • GM Testing Laboratory

    The NBA’s GMO Testing Laboratory was officially opened by the senior government official from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, on 13 September 2017.

    Resources for setting up the laboratory were provided by the Government of Zimbabwe and the European Union. The Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development and NBA renovated an already existing super structure into a laboratory. Whereas, the European Union supplied equipment worth US$90, 434.18. 

    The NBA will use this laboratory as a facility for GMO detection, quantification, identification, monitoring and surveillance. The laboratory contributes greatly towards development of the National Biosafety Framework. This Biosafety level 1 laboratory is an initial step towards the development of a National Biosafety Reference Laboratory. It shall be upgraded so that it has biosafety levels 2 -4. This will enable NBA to safely analyse and handle high risk category organisms like Ebola and HIV.

  • Are GMOs safe for human consumption? …second NAM technical meeting sparks debate

    HARARE – The second Non-Aligned Movement Science and Technology technical meeting has sparked a fresh wave

  • Zim moves to draft GM labelling laws

    Sifelani Tsiko: Zimbabwe has made a huge step towards establishing genetically modified (GM)labelling laws which seek to



Recent Event

Safeguarding Progress in Biotechnology:  Profiling Ms Annah Runesu Takombwa.


The National Biotechnology Authority (NBA) participated at the Harare Agricultural Show (H.A.S) and RIO-SET 2016 edition.


Bioinformatics research set to improve use of computers.






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