The National Framework 2012 provides guidance on values and ethical principles for the ‘regulated community’. This term covers anyone, organisation or individuals, regulated under the Gene Technology Act 2000 (Cwth) (GT Act) and includes:

  • researchers, scientists and other practitioners working with gene technology, including those who deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • organisations accredited under the GT Act and their associated Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs)
It also provides guidance for other regulatory and ethics committees, including Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and Animal Ethics Committees (AECs).

Importantly, it has also been written as a reference point for the general public in the interests of transparency and maintaining public trust.