Head: Galina V. Mozgova
The Centre was established in 1998 to ensure the effective participation of the Republic of Belarus in addressing the global challenge of the biodiversity conservation and coordination of the activity involving the safety-related use of modern biotechnology achievements within the framework of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
Priority areas of activity:
- Collection, analysis and systematization of information on legislation and scientific research in the field of biosafety, field trials, import/export, commercial use of genetically engineered organisms (GEOs);
- Detection of genetically modified ingredients (GMIs) in the food raw material and foodstuffs, agricultural products, feedstuffs and seed material; analysis of species belonging in meat components that enter into the composition of raw materials, food products and feedstuffs;
- Organization of a scientific expert evaluation of GEO safety and products derived from them destined for testing or use in the Republic of Belarus;
- Providing biosafety-related information to the involved Republican Bodies of the State Administration, legal entities and individuals and the mass media;
- Information exchange with the National Coordination Biosafety Centres of other countries and international organizations;
- Constant liaison with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety as the National Focal Point.