Message from the Director General

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh and Salam Sejahtera.

Welcome and thank you for visiting the official website of the Department of Biosafety.

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is an international agreement that regulates the movement of living modified organisms (LMOs) across borders.

It was adopted on 29 January 2000 as a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and came into force on 11 September 2003. Malaysia has been a Party to the CBD since 1994 and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety since 2003.

The Biosafety Department (JBK) was established in 2010, three years after the Biosafety Act [Act 678] was enacted and passed by Parliament in 2007. Two important functions of the JBK are to evaluate applications for the release, importation, export and contained use of LMOs, and release of products of such organisms; as well as to carry out monitoring and enforcement activities under the Act.

The website showcases the important role of JBK primarily as a key reference center for regulating the release, importation, export and contained use of LMO and the release of products of such organisms with the aim of protecting human, plant and animal health, environment and biological diversity. Our authoritative and up -to -date source of information on policies, statistics, publications and activities is also the information displayed on this website.

In line with our goal to raise public awareness on biosafety, this virtual site provides a space for citizens to increase knowledge and submit their suggestions and feedback. In addition, visitors can find useful links such as the Biosafety Clearing House portal (BCH Portal), Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA) website links and major government agencies as well as our official social media pages.

Thank you.

Dr. Azalia binti Mohamed
Director General
Department of Biosafety

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