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Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs

With effect on and from 1 September 2011, the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) has issued a new guideline,Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs(Version 1.1).

The Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (the Regulations, as amended 1 September 2011), require that any Notifiable low risk dealing (NLRD) involving transportation, storage or disposal of a GMO outside of certified facilities be conducted in accordance with the Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs unless the Gene Technology Regulator ('the Regulator') has agreed otherwise in writing.

The Regulator may also require compliance with the Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs

as a condition of a licence, or of a certification, or as part of a direction given under section 146 of the Act and equivalent provisions of corresponding State law.

The Guidelines are available here.

Containment of Exempt Dealings

Exempt dealings are dealings described in Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (the Regulations). The only further legislative requirement for exempt dealings is that they do not involve an intentional release of the GMOs into the environment.

Exempt Dealings 2011.

The OGTR's classification of Exempt Dealings is available here.

The Regulator has released Guidance Notes for the Containment of Exempt Dealings, which are effectively equivalent to those for facilities certified by the Regulator to Physical Containment Level 1 (PC1). These notes are provided as guidance only to persons conducting exempt dealings pursuant to regulation 6 of the Regulations and/or pursuant to any applicable corresponding law. They may be of assistance to organisations or persons in determining how to undertake exempt dealings to satisfy themselves with regard to avoiding intentional release. Please note that these Guidance Notes are not Guidelines for Certification of a PC1 Facility.

Note that a dealing with a GMO listed as an exempt dealing will cease to be exempt from licensing if the GMO is intentionally released.

OGTR's guidance notes for the containment of exempt dealings are available here.

Changes to NLRD Dealings

From September 2011, amendments to the Commonwealth Regulations meant that there were changes in the existing requirements in the Regulations with respect to dealings with GMOs classified as NLRDs. A fact sheet about these changes is below:

This fact sheet is available here.