The need for biosafety regulation in developing countries: Benefits and controversies

  • ZA Zainol
  • L Amin
  • NS Rusly
  • H Hashim
  • NM Sidik
  • F Akpoviri
  • R Ramli
Keywords: Biotechnology, biosafety, developing countries, benefits, risks and controversies.


Nowadays, the rapid development of biotechnology has become a main concern for a larger part of the world. It has become one of the most promising fields which guarantee returns to businesses and offers benefits to the society. When dealing with biotechnology, the first issue that comes to mind is the safeness of the technology from tip to toe, that is, the safeness of the products of biotechnology, how they can be used on human beings and animal, and their effects on the environment. The objective of this paper is to assess the needs and adequacy of the regulation in developing countries compared to the developed countries. In order to address these concerns, governments have adopted appropriate regulations to ensure the safety of the biotechnology products, and to protect not just human but the environment universally. This paper will discuss those regulations, especially as adopted by developing countries along with their implications. It is hoped that the paper will recover the lack of the regulations in relation to developed country.

Key words: Biotechnology, biosafety, developing countries, benefits, risks and controversies.


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