Powers and Functions of the NCBP
As the lead body in implementing the NBF, The NCBP shall have the following powers and functions:
1. Biosafety Policy Functions
- Assist concerned departments and agencies in formulating, reviewing, or amending their respective policies, measures and guidelines on biosafety;
- Hold public deliberations on proposed national policies, guidelines, and other biosafety issues;
- Provide assistance in the formulation, amendment of pertinent laws, rulesandregulations;
- In coordination with concerned departments and agencies andconsistent with therequirements of transparency and public participation, shall take the lead in periodically reviewing the NBF;
- Issue detailed guidelines on the conduct of socio-economic impact evaluation of biosafety decisions; and,
- Propose to Congress necessary and appropriate legislation.
2. Accountability Functions
- Monitor the implementation of the NBF by concerned departments and agencies;
- Ensure coordination among competent national authorities that have shared mandates;
- Ensure that NCBP guidelines, and the principles and processes established in this Framework are complied with by concerned departments and agencies; and,
- Review procedures for accountability in biosafety decision-making by competent national authorities, with particular emphasis on ensuring independence and impartiality in such decisions.
3. Scientific Functions
- Facilitate the study and evaluation of biosafety research and control and minimize the concomitant risks and hazards associated with the deliberate release of regulated articles in the environment;
- Identify and evaluate potential hazards involved in modern biotechnological experiments or the introduction of regulated articles and recommend measures to minimize risks;
- Recommend the development and promotion of research programs to establish risk assessment protocols and assessment of long-term environmental effects of regulated articles;
- Develop working arrangements with the government quarantine services and institutions in the evaluation, monitoring, and review of projects vis-à-vis adherence to national policies and guidelines on biosafety;
- Review and develop guidelines in the risk assessment of regulated articles for contained use;
- Assist other agencies in developing risk assessment guidelines and procedures of regulated articles for field trials and commercial release;
- Review the appointment of the members of the Institutional Biosafety Committees created by institutions engaged in activities involving regulated articles, upon recommendation by their respective heads of institutions;
- Publish the results of internal deliberations and agency reviews of the NCBP; and
- Hold discussions on the comparative ecological, economic and social impacts of alternative approaches to attain the purposes/objectives of the proposed genetic modification products and/or services.
4. Capacity Building Functions
- Assist in the development of technical expertise, facilities, and other resources for quarantine services and risk assessments; and
- Take the lead in developing and implementing a national capacity-building program for biosafety.