Kenya publishes guidelines specific to gene editing

“Genome editing technology has been identified as a potential new option to augment existing interventions in pursuance of achieving the African Union Agenda 2063 and it is expected that proposed applications for genome editing technology for basic research, conservation, agriculture, public health and other purposes will likely continue to expand as genome editing tools become more refined. “

With this in mind, Kenya has published science-based guidelines to facilitate the development of gene-edited research and products, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis..

In responding to the continuous advancement in genome editing technology, the Authority has developed a guideline document for determining the regulatory process of genome editing techniques through broad stakeholder consultations and review of regulatory mechanisms in other countries where such technology has been deployed

Gene Editing Guidlines

Guidelines for determining the regulatory process of genome editing techniques in Kenya

The document incorporates the aspects of implementation, as well as essential testing pathways and implementation strategies in the country, taking into consideration all the possible sociocultural and ethical issues. This document is not meant to detail how risk assessment and riskĀ management of genome edited products will be conducted.

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