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Panama Import Regs.: Biotech products

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Panama Import Regs.: Biotech products

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:04 am

The Ministry of Agricultural Development is the responsible body for creating regulatory procedures for importation of biotech products. Administration, monitoring and enforcement of regulatory procedure are the responsibility of the National Commission on Biosecurity and smaller groups reporting to the National Commission. This is spelled out in Law 48 which was enacted on August 8, 2002.

Panamanian Law 72, enacted on December 26, 2001, brings Panamanian law into line with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety which provides signatories an opportunity to block the entry of biotech products.

Despite the passage of these two laws, to date no regulatory procedures have been established for biotech products, no product monitoring has been conducted and shipments are not currently tested for biotech products. No special documentation is required and no field tests are required. There are to date no special labeling requirements. No plans currently exist for the implementation of a traceability system.
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