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Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2005-05-10 14:26 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2020-02-22 06:37 UTC (sec@mahaweli.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2020-02-22 06:37 UTC (sec@mahaweli.gov.lk)

General Information
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka
Title of document
Plant Protection Act, No 35 of 1999
Legislative details
Type of document
  • Law
Subject areas
  • Capacity-Building
  • Handling, transport, packaging and identification
  • Illegal transboundary movements
  • Information Sharing
  • Public awareness and participation
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Transboundary movement (import/export)
Types of LMOs addressed
  • All types of organisms
  • Viroids, Phytoplasma
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
The Plant Protection Act No 35 of 1999 makes provision against the introduction of any organism harmful to or injurious to or destructive to plants and for the sanitation of plants into Sri Lanka and the spreading therein. It repeals the Plant Protection Ordinance (Chapter 447) and for matters connected therein or incidental thereto. The Director General of Agriculture shall be in charge of general administration of this Act by performing functions assigned or transferred to him by this Act. The Director General of Agriculture shall nominate authorized officers as per the requirement to assist him in carrying out or giving effect to the provisions of this Act. The Minister may make regulations with respect to any matter required by this Act to be prescribed or in respect of which regulations are required or authorized to be made
Date of entry into force
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
Department of Agriculture
Sarasavi Mawatha
Peradeniya, Central
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 812 386 484,+94 812 388 157
Fax:+94 81 2388 333
Additional Information
Additional Information
The Plant Protection act make provision against the introduction into Sri Lanka and the spreading therein, of any organism harmful to, or injurious to, or destructive of plants, and for the sanitation of plants in Sri Lanka. The organism has been interpreted in the Act as "Organism included any active, infective, or dormant stage of life form of an entity characterized as living, including plants, bacteria, algae, fungi, phytoplasma, mycoplasms, mycoplasma-like entities, protozoa, vertebrate and invertebrate animals, as well as entities such as viruses, viroids, plasmids, phages or any living entity, related thereto, whether natural, genetically modified, living modified, or otherwise". Similarly genetically modified organism and living modified organism are interpreted under the Chapter of INTERPRETATION No 15 as follows  "genetically modified" means an organism derived from any activity which has involved or resulted in the formation or derivation of new combinations of heritable material by the insertion of nucleic acid molecules, produced by whatever means outside the cell, into any virus, bacterial plasmid, or other vector system so as to allow their incorporation into a host organism in which they do not naturally occur but in which they are capable of continued propagation. "living modified" means an organism derived or produced by altering or modifying the genetic material of an organism through the use of biological techniques such as recombinant DNA technology, molecular biology, cell or tissue culture, cell fusion, artificial mutagenesis, or through the use of a vector system such as virus, phage, plasmid but not through the ways that occur naturally by mating, mutation or recombination processes.