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Classes of dealings involving Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)



What are dealings?

The term 'dealings', in relation to a genetically modified organism (GMO) is defined in the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act).
    deal with, in relation to a GMO, means the following:

          1. conduct experiments with the GMO;
          2. make, develop, produce or manufacture the GMO;
          3. breed the GMO;
          4. propagate the GMO;
          5. use the GMO in the course of manufacture of a thing that is not the GMO;
          6. grow, raise or culture the GMO;
          7. import the GMO;
          8. transport the GMO;
          9. dispose of the GMO;

    and includes the possession, supply or use of the GMO for the purposes of, or in the course of,
    a dealing mentioned in any of the paragraphs (a) to (i).

The Act and the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 describe a number of classes of dealings with GMOs and corresponding approval processes, depending on the nature of the GMO and of the activities involving the GMO, such that the level of regulatory scrutiny is proportional to the level of risk.