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

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This section contains a brief description of terms relevant to an understanding of this quarterly report. They do not substitute for definitions of terms relevant to the operation of the gene technology regulatory system that are contained in section 10 of the Gene Technology Act 2000.

Accredited organisation An organisation that is accredited under section 92 of the Act
Act Gene Technology Act 2000
APVMA Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
BSG Biosecurity Services Group of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Breach of a licence condition A breach of a licence condition which has been proven either in court or by way of admission following investigation
CCI Confidential commercial information
Certified containment facility A building or place certified by the Regulator to a specified containment level under section 84 of the Act
Clock stop The period during which time does not run for purposes of the statutory time limit for making a decision – usually because evaluation cannot proceed until additional information requested from the applicant is received
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
DIR A dealing involving intentional release of a GMO into the environment (e.g., field trial or commercial release)
DIR licence A licence for a dealing involving intentional release of a GMO into the environment
DNIR A contained dealing with a GMO not involving intentional release of the GMO into the environment (e.g. experiments in a certified facility such as a laboratory)
DNIR licence A licence for a dealing not involving intentional release of a GMO into the environment
Expert advisers Advisers appointed by the Minister to give expert advice to either GTTAC or GTEC to assist them in the performance of their functions (expert advisers are not committee members)
EDD Emergency Dealing Determination
FSANZ Food Standards Australia New Zealand
GM Genetically modified
GM product A thing (other than a GMO) derived or produced from a GMO
GMAC Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee
GMO Genetically modified organism
GTECCC Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee
GTMC Gene Technology Ministerial Council
GTSC Gene Technology Standing Committee
GTTAC Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee
IBC Institutional Biosafety Committee
Incident A self-reported event which may constitute a non-compliance with regulatory requirements and a public health or environment risk
Limited and controlled release A type of DIR which meets certain criteria relating to limiting and controlling the dealings with the GMO (e.g. a field trial)
NLRD Notifiable low risk dealing (work with transgenic plants, animals or microorganisms undertaken in certified containment facilities)
Non-compliance An inconsistency between an event or state of affairs and the requirements imposed by licence accreditation or certification conditions, or any of the requirements of the Act or Regulations
OGTR Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
PC1, PC2, PC3, PC4 Physical containment levels of facilities as certified by the Regulator
RARMP Risk assessment and risk management plan
Regulations Gene Technology Regulations 2001
Regulator Gene Technology Regulator
Spot checks Unannounced visits by the OGTR Monitoring and Compliance Section
Volunteer Regrowth of plants from seed that has remained on a site after a trial has been completed

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