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Operations of the Gene Technology Regulator Quarterly Report 1 April to 30 June 2011

Statutory Committee Operations

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The Act establishes two committees to provide advice to the Regulator and the Gene Technology Ministerial Council:
  • Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee
  • Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee.
Appointments to the two gene technology advisory committees were made on 3 February 2011 for the 2011-2014 triennium by the Hon Catherine King, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing.

Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee

The function of the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (GTTAC) under the Act is to provide scientific and technical advice, on the request of the Regulator or the Ministerial Council, on gene technology, GMOs, GM products, applications made under the Act, the biosafety aspects of gene technology and the need for policy principles, policy guidelines, codes of practice, technical and procedural guidelines in relation to GMOs and GM products and the content of such principles and codes.

GTTAC met on 11 and 12 May during the quarter. The Communiqué is at Appendix 1.

Further information about GTTAC, including the membership for 2011-2014, is available from the OGTR website.

Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee

The function of the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee
(GTECCC) under the Act is to provide advice on the request of the Regulator or the GTMC, on a number of matters, including ethical issues relating to gene technology, the need for and content of policy principles, policy guidelines, codes of practice, community consultation in respect of the process for applications for licences covering dealings involving the intentional release of a GMO into the environment, and risk communication matters in relation to those dealings.

GTECCC met on 14 and 15 April during the quarter. The Communiqué is at Appendix 2.

Further information about GTECCC, including the membership for 2011-2014, is available from the OGTR website.


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