Project Information

Reference Number 19990126
Project Title Request for permit to import worms: E. foetida, P. Excavatus and E. Euginae
Project Type Contained Use
Status N/A
Name of Institution Tennant Trading, Inc.
Cooperating Institution N/A
Supervising IBC N/A
Project Leader(s) Roy Lotzof
Experimental Facility/Site Philippines
Purpose / Objectives Reason for importation: The objective is to utilize the Vermitech Pty Ltd systems from Australia in the use of these worms in solid waste management. Vermitech’s systems have been listed by the United Nations as one of the few economically sustainable solution for the processing of orgasnic solid wastes. The system feeds organic solid waste to worms; they convert the waste into A Grade worm castings.
Biosafety measures N/A
Conditions for Approval 1) original proposal
2) information provided by Dr. Rafael Guerrero of PCAMRD, and Dr. Danilo Vertudazo, that the said worms were used in one of the Barangays in Metro Mla. And that the three species can be found in the country; and
3) additional information indicating that the said worms are derived from normal breeding activities and not genetically manipulated.
Date Received 1999-11-12
Date of Approval 1999-12-15


Regulated Materials

Regulated Materials Eisenia fetida (Tiger worm); Perionyx excavatus (Indian Blues); Eudrilus eugeniae (African Night-crawler)
Source Vermitech Pty Limited, Sydney, Australia
Subject Request of Mr. Roy Lotzof to import three worms for their solid waste management project in the Philippines
Requesting Party Mr. Roy Lotzof
Action of NCBP The Committee interposed no objection to the said importation considering that worm species to be imported are already in the Philippines and that the subject importation is not within the purview of the Committee since said worms are not exotic and not genetically manipulated. However, the Committee requested the Secretariat to get in touch with Dr. Rafael Guerrero of PCAMRD to verify the veracity of the claim of the proponent that the species are already present in the Philippines.

The Committee strongly recommended that all activities with respect to the said importation should be carried out under containment and that the worms should not be used for activities involving field release. The Committee further recommended that the Plant Quarantine Service should supervise and monitor the implementation of the proposed activity.