National Node of the BCH

Stakeholder Agencies

The Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD)
The MPD is the Focal Point for the Convention on Biological Diversity, the parent protocol for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Ministry of Agriculture Lands and Fisheries (MALF)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries is responsible for the sustainable development of agriculture, fisheries and food production in Trinidad and Tobago through a range of agricultural services consistent with state policy and the expectation of all stakeholders and the use of modern technology. The MALMR is also responsible for monitoring plant and animal health issues.

The University of the West Indies (UWI)
UWI has been conducting biotech research and has biotechnology laboratory facilities. Biotech expertise at the University is vital to the country’s biotech advances.

Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division (CFDD)
The Division is the body responsible for the administration of the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations and the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Act and Regulations. The role of the Division is to ensure safe quality of an equitable standard for use by consumers of food, drugs, cosmetics and medical services; safety in use, the proper management and acceptable standards for pesticides and toxic chemicals, and to provide technological and laboratory services in the areas of food, drug, cosmetics, medical devices, pesticides and toxic chemicals. www.health.gov.tt

Environmental Management Authority (EMA)
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is a statutory body aimed at ensuring the protection, conservation and enhancement of the environment of Trinidad and Tobago. The EMA is the National Executing Agency (NEA) for the Biosafety Framework Project and the Focal Point for the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH).

Tobago House of Assembly (THA)
The THA's Department of Natural Resources and the Environment has a mission to protect, preserve and enhance Tobago’s environment and promote the sustainable use and management of air, land, and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Consumer Affairs Division
CAD is a consumer protection agency with responsibility for providing advice and information to consumers. CAD is also responsible for the enforcement of a wide range of consumer protection laws, providing the consumer with certain protections regarding the quality of goods and services.

Ministry of Trade and Industry
The Ministry’s responsibility is the promotion and development of trade activities, with an emphasis on generating sustainable export-led growth and development, by securing enhanced access to foreign markets for local companies.

Caribbean Agricultural and Development Institute (CARDI)
A major responsibility for carrying out of an effective Technology and Information System within the region is CARDI’s responsibility as the sole regional R & D institution amongst CARICOM member countries.

CABI improves people's lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

Ministry of foreign Affairs
Trinidad and Tobago's foreign policy seeks to maintain, develop or enhance relations with strategic countries at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels and to participate actively in the multilateral arena (the United Nations, its Specialised Agencies; the Non-aligned Movement; the Group of' 77; the Commonwealth; the Organization of American States; the African, Pacific and Caribbean Group of states (ACP); World Trade Organization (WTO), etc).