With the growing influence of the biotechnology industry worldwide, Malaysia has enacted legislation to regulate the release, importation, exportation and contained use of living modified organisms and the release of products of such organisms. The objectives being to protect human, plant and animal health, the environment and biological diversity. The Act further provides that where there are threats of irreversible damage, lack of full scientific evidence may not be used as a reason not to take action to prevent full damage.
Some Key Definitions
This article aims to highlight some of the salient features of the Act. To appreciate the provisions of the Act, it is important to understand legal description given to some terms.