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Gene Technology Committees
The Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act) establishes two advisory committees to provide advice to the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) and the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology (LGFGT), formerly the Gene Technology Ministerial Council .
Committee Relationship Structure
The Figure below outlines the relationships between the Regulator and the LGFGT, GTTAC and GTECCC and links to their corresponding pages (from the orange boxes)
Under the Act:
- The LGFGT, which is established by the intergovernmental Gene Technology Agreement 2001 (GTA), comprises Ministers from the Commonwealth and each State and Territory. The LGFGT provides broad oversight of the regulatory framework and guidance on matters of policy that underpin the legislation. High level support is provided to the LGFGT by the Gene Technology Standing Committee, which comprises senior officials from all jurisdictions.
- The Regulator is required to consider policy principles and guidelines issued by the LGFGT when making a decision on whether or not to issue a licence. It is one of the functions of the Regulator to provide advice to the LGFGT.
- The Regulator must prepare a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) as part of the assessment of each licence application to deal with GMOs.
- GTTAC provides advice to the Regulator on RARMPs. GTTAC also provides advice on request from the LGFGT. Under the Act, GTTAC must include a person who is a member of GTECCC.
- GTECCC provides advice on request to the Regulator and the LGFGT on ethical issues and on matters of general concern to the community in relation to GMOs. GTECCC must also include a person who is a member of GTTAC and a person who is a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee.