Gene technology reviews

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Progress to date of third review of the National Gene Technology Scheme 2017 and Technical Review of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001.

Third review of the National Gene Technology Scheme 2017

In July 2017 the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology (the Forum) announced the third review (the review) of the National Gene Technology Regulation Scheme (the Scheme).

The review provided Australian governments with the opportunity to consider appropriate policy settings for gene technology regulation, aiming to achieve policy objective to protect the health of Australians and the environment.

On 11 October 2018 the Forum Ministers endorsed the review report and its 27 recommendations and agreed they should be implemented in line with a forward action plan.

The Forum Ministers also noted that implementation would include further stakeholder consultation opportunities.

More details about the Scheme review are available from the Commonwealth Department of Health website.

Technical Review of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001

In 2016 the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) conducted a technical review of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (the Technical Review) to clarify the regulatory status of organisms developed using a range of new technologies, and ensure that the new technologies are regulated in a manner commensurate with the risks they pose.

Following an extensive consultation process since 2016, in April 2019 the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology (the Forum) agreed to amendments to the Regulations made under the Gene Technology Act 2000.

Further information is available from the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator website.