The Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), in collaboration with the Regional Biosafety Project managed by the University of the West Indies (UWI), is seeking to engage a consultant to review all existing (draft/passed) Biosafety Legislation in CARICOM Member States to assess their coherence with the regional biosafety policy. Based on the results, an appropriate model for the Region will be proposed/recommended.


As much as 90 % of the imports of food and feed into the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), particularly those that are derived from commodity crops such as corn, soy, canola and cotton are imported from the Americas, and are predominantly LMO-FFP. Furthermore, many of these commodities are imported and converted into a range of manufactured products in Caribbean countries and traded within the CARICOM region. As a result of this, the COTED, at its 71st Special Meeting, held in Georgetown, Guyana, from October 4-6, 2017 agreed to the adoption of the Regional Policy for Biosafety developed by the University of the West Indies (UWI).

This initiative was done under the auspices of the Regional Biosafety Project, which was approved in 2012 and is being executed by UWI. It aims to develop and implement a harmonized biosafety system in CARICOM countries, based on the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol and provides support to countries to establish biosafety legislation and regulations based on a harmonized policy.


The two main activities of the consultancy will be as follows:

a) to review existing draft or passed legislation to see how they fit with the regional biosafety policy;
b) to development a model law for the Region based on the results of the review


Under the general direction of the Regional Biosafety Project Management Team, the Consultant will be contracted to work in close collaboration with the CAHFSA, an intergovernmental agency which is based in Suriname and the UWI (Trinidad) Biosafety Project Management Team.

The scope of work covers all activities necessary to accomplish the deliverables stated. The main tasks/activities are as follows:

a) Attend an initial virtual briefing meeting with the UWI Biosafety Project Management Team and CAHFSA to discuss the objectives, activities, approach, expected outputs and any other issues related to the execution of the assignment that require clarification;

b) Within five (5) days of the briefing meeting with the UWI and CAHFSA Technical Team, prepare a work plan clearly identifying an outline and timelines;

c) Specifically, develop and present a work-plan, proposal and methodology for developing the review, including a clear understanding of the nature and scope of the assignment, the methodological framework to be employed and the time frame necessary.

The main actions of the assignment include:

(i) Conduct a literature search on existing draft and passed Biosafety Regulations in the region.
(ii) Identify gaps, if any, between existing draft/passed biosafety legislation and the recently passed Regional Biosafety Policy;
(iii) Provide recommendation for closing any gaps;
(iv) Develop/recommend model biosafety legislation for the Caribbean based on the review conducted.
(v) Prepare a final consultancy report and present same at debriefing session with the UWI Regional Biosafety Management Team and CAHFSA technical team.
(vi) Present the findings of the consultancy at an awareness building meeting to be held in April 2018


• Detail work plan, proposal and methodology for the conduct of the consultancy developed;
• A report on review conducted on draft/passed Biosafety legislation in CARICOM and their coherence with the Regional Biosafety Policy;
• Recommendations for closing any gaps found;
• Model Regional Biosafety Legislation recommended;
• Final Consultancy report


The Consultant will prepare a progress report and final report. The progress report will be submitted mid-term of the contractual period. The final report should include methodologies used to deliver the various outputs, with lessons learned and recommendations for follow up action. The report should be produced in Microsoft Word for Windows format and submitted electronically to the Technical Group by the end of the contract period.

The Contractor shall be reimbursed any reasonable expenses associated with the performance of his/her obligations, upon receipt of supporting documentation.


The assignment will require seven (7) weeks during the period of February 19, 2018 to April 5, 2018.


• The Consultant should have a Law Degree with at least ten (10) years’ experience;

• Previous work with a regional institution or with CARICOM or a knowledge of Biosafety would be an asset.


Expressions of interest must be submitted in English and electronically by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copied to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in pdf format no later than 16:00 h Eastern Caribbean Time on Friday February 10, 2018.