The Maltese National Biosafety Clearing House was set-up in accordance with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
Malta ratified the Protocol on the 5th of January 2007. The Protocol seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms, resulting from modern biotechnology. It establishes an advance informed agreement (AIA) procedure for ensuring that countries are provided with the information necessary to make informed decisions before agreeing to the import of such organisms into their territory. The Protocol came into force locally on the 5th of April 2007.
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