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What is a GMO Licence?

A GMO licence is a legal instrument issued by the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) under the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act) that sets down the conditions under which specified dealings with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be undertaken. Licences may be issued for Dealings Not involving Intentional Releases (DNIRs), Dealings involving Intentional Releases (DIRs) or Inadvertent Dealings.

A person who deals with a GMO without a licence is guilty of an offence, punishable under Section 32 of the Act if:

  1. the person deals with a GMO, knowing that it is a GMO; and
  2. the dealing with the GMO by the person is not authorised by a GMO licence, and the person knows or is reckless as to that fact; and
  3. the dealing with the GMO is not specified in an Emergency Dealing Determination, and the person knows or is reckless as to that fact; and
  4. the dealing is not a Notifiable Low Risk Dealing, and the person knows or is reckless as to that fact; and
  5. the dealing is not an Exempt Dealing, and the person knows or is reckless as to that fact; and
  6. the dealing is not included on the GMO Register, and the person knows or is reckless as to that fact.Top of page