The National Biosafety Committee (NBC) was established by Government Resolution no. 603 of 20.05.2003 and operates as the national inter-ministerial responsible authority.
The Regulation of functionality of the NBC determines its power and the function to ensure governmental policies in the ﬁeld of biosafety, acting in particular via issuance of authorizations, monitoring of the GMO-related activities, collaboration with governmental authorities and scientiﬁc institutions competent in the relevant sphere. NBC is nominated as a competent national authority that has a duty to exercise authorization attributes and control over for the following activities:
a) GMO uses for contained us;
b) Deliberative release in the environment;
c) Accidental release in the environment;
d) Placing on the market;
e) Research activities;
g) Transboundery accidental transportation;
h) Storage and destroy of GMOs.
According to the Regulation, the NBC has the following functions:
a) examination of notiﬁcation documents;
b) elaboration of reports, synthesis and information for national and international uses;
c) public information;
d) cooperation with the competent research institutions;
e) maintaining and publishing the Register of the GMOs;
f) national and international participation.
The National Biosafety Committee operates as the inter-ministerial authority and consists of 14 members, including:
• 2 members from the national environmental authority, which have the functions of respectively the Chairman and the Secretary of the National Committee;
• 4 members from the Academy of Sciences of Moldova;
• 3 members from other scientiﬁc institutions and universities with biological or medical proﬁle;
• 1 member from each of the following national authorities: for economy, agriculture and food industry, health care, standardization and metrology, and from environmental NGOs.
Valentina Caldarus, Secretary of the NBC
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources
str. Cosmonauţilor, 9
MD-2005 mun. Chişinău
Phone: +(373 22) 20-45-28
Phone/Fax: +(373 22) 22-68-58