The terms described in this glossary are important to understanding this report; they do not, however, substitute for the definitions of terms relevant to the operation of the gene technology regulatory system contained in section 10 of the Gene Technology Act 2000.

Accredited organisation An organisation that is accredited under section 92 of the Act
Act Gene Technology Act 2000
Agreement The inter-governmental Gene Technology Agreement that all Australian jurisdictions signed in 2001 that underpins the nationally consistent regulatory framework for gene technology
APS Australian Public Service
APVMA Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
AQIS Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (now BSG)
BSG Biosecurity Services Group, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (now incorporates AQIS)
CCI Confidential commercial information declared under section 185 of the Act
Certification Guidelines Guidelines for Certification of a Physical Containment Facility
Collective Agreement A collective agreement for staff of the Department of Health and Ageing 2007–11
Clock stop The period during which the statutory time limit for making a decision on an application is suspended – usually because evaluation cannot proceed until additional information requested from an applicant is received
COAG Council of Australian Governments
Contained dealing see DNIR
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Dealing To ‘deal with’ a GMO is defined in section 10 of the Act and includes (but is not limited to) experiment with, manufacture, breed, propagate, grow, culture, import, and to possess, supply, use, transport, or dispose of a GMO
Department Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
DIR A dealing involving intentional release of a GMO into the environment (for example, field trial or commercial release)
DNIR A contained dealing with a GMO not involving intentional release of the GMO into the environment (for example, experiments in a certified facility such as a laboratory)
EDD emergency dealing determination
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
FSANZ Food Standards Australian New Zealand
GM genetically modified
GM product A thing (other than a GMO) derived or produced from a GMO
GMO genetically modified organism
GMO Record Record of GMO and GM product dealings
GST goods and services tax
GTCCC Gene Technology Community Consultative Committee
GTEC Gene Technology Ethics Committee
GTECCC Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee
GTMC Gene Technology Ministerial Council
GTSC Gene Technology Standing Committee
GTTAC Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee
IBC Institutional Biosafety Committee
Incident A self-reported event that may constitute a non-compliance with regulatory requirements and a public health or environment risk
NHMRC National Health and Medical Research Council
NICNAS National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
NLRD Notifiable low risk dealing (for example, plant or tissue culture work undertaken in a certified physical containment facility)
OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
OGTR Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
PBS Portfolio Budget Statement
PC1/PC2/PC3/PC4 physical containment (PC) levels of facilities certified by the Regulator
PHM post-harvest monitoring
RARMP risk assessment and risk management plan
Regulations Gene Technology Regulations 2001
Regulator Gene Technology Regulator
SSBA security sensitive biological agents
TGA Therapeutic Goods Administration
Volunteer Regrowth of plant from seed that has remained on a site after a trial has been completed
WGHROB Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology
WHO World Health Organization