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Importation of the Biological Based Organisms and Related Products.

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), as the secretariat to The Kenya Standing Technical Committee on Imports and Exports (KSTCIE), facilitates the process of risk assessment before the introduction of live organisms as per Guidelines for Introduction and Use of Bio Products, biological control agents and related products. These include live biological controls, bio-fertilizers, bio-stimulants, organic fertilizers, their products, and other regulated articles. Once the risk assessment is complete, products approved for introduction are referred to relevant research institutions for efficacy or registration.

To facilitate the processing of your application, you are required to provide information necessary for risk assessment by filling in the provided application form(s). Select from the forms the most suitable for your application. These forms are available through the Plant Import & Quarantine Regulatory System (PIQRS)

KEPHIS registration officer will evaluate the completeness and acceptability of the application form details thereby accepting or rejecting your application via the PIQRS system.

When accepted, you will then be required to submit four hard copies of the application dossier (application form and relevant supporting annexes) to KEPHIS using the following address;



P.O.BOX 49592-00100


Oloolua Ridge- Karen

To View Guidelines

Once received, the dossiers will be circulated for comments from scientific review experts whose comments you will be required to respond to accordingly. Thereafter a KSTCIE subcommittee meeting will be held to discuss the applications and come up with recommendations for the main KSTCIE committee. KSTCIE main committee will determine the course of your application. KEPHIS shall execute the decision accordingly. Please note that any of the information provided that is deemed confidential should be clearly marked `confidential` on the dossier. KSTCIE respects patency rights and thus handle confidential information appropriately. For more information on organisms not found in the search, contact KEPHIS through

Seed Import

Plant Import & Quarantine Regulatory System (PIQRS).

The Plant Import and Quarantine Regulatory System (PIQRS) is a Business to Government and Government to business web based system designed to enhance efficiency in plant import regulation. PIQRS forms an integral part of overall KEPHIS regulatory activities which ensure that imported Plants, Plant Products and regulated articles entering into the country pose minimal Phytosanitary risk and environmental impact. Anyone intending to bring plants, plant products and regulated articles into Kenya MUST obtain a Plant Import Permit (PIP) from KEPHIS prior to shipment of such plants from the origin regardless of whether they are for commercial purpose, duty free, gifts, experimental or research purposes.

Import Certification System

Automated Support System for the Importation of Phytosanitary Consignments (ASSIP).

The Automated Support System for the Importation of Phytosanitary Consignments (ASSIP) is a revolutionary e-commerce platform that regulates the importation of plants, plant products and regulated articles into Kenya.

The System greatly minimize the risks associated with the importation of plants, plants products, seeds and regulated articles such as soil and biological control agents thereby enhancing food security and sustainable growth in Kenya.

Previously, importation of consignments with Phytosanitary concern follow an arduous manual process of physical risk determination, verification and inspection, clearing at points of entry, thereby posing pertinent risks to Kenya.



Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is the Government Parastatal whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the economy, the environment and human health.