All activities with GMOs in South Africa are regulated under the GMO Act. This includes research and development, import/export, production, consumption and other uses of GMOs and their products. The GMO Act establishes minimum standards to ensure the food/feed and environmental safety and socio-economic sustainability of all activities involving GMOs.
It further establishes the necessary operational procedures and infrastructure required for the regulation of GMOs:
Decisions are based on the information in the application, the AC’s recommendations, the public’s inputs and within government’s policy framework. A unanimous EC resolution is required for a permit to be issued.