Panama: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   PN2022-0008

Panama made a policy change regarding Genetically Engineered (GE) plants, seeds and animals in 2022, through the recently approved Legislative Act which establishes the State Agri-food Policy and dictates other provisions. Nevertheless, Panama has not established the implementing regulations of Law 48 of 2002, which created the National Commission of Biosafety for Genetically Modified Organisms. Currently, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) by request of the Ministry of Agricultural Development of Panama, is giving the technical assistance to develop implementing regulations on biotechnology and new production technologies, in order to have clear procedures regarding the approval process and coordination among all of the competent government agencies in charge of authorizing the import, research, production and commercialization of agricultural biotechnology and other new production technologies in Panama.

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