Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs
Unless defined otherwise in these guidelines, words and phrases used in these guidelines have the same meaning as in the Act and the Regulations.
Words in the singular include the plural and words in the plural include the singular.
References to any statute or other legislation (whether primary or subordinate) are a reference to a statute or other legislation of the Commonwealth of Australia as amended or replaced from time to time and equivalent provisions, if any, in corresponding State law, unless the contrary intention appears.
Where any word or phrase is given a defined meaning, any other part of speech or other grammatical form in respect of that word has a corresponding meaning.
|aerosol||Suspension in air of finely dispersed solids and liquids.|
|authorised physical containment facility|
or authorised PC(1, 2, 3 or 4) facility
|A physical containment facility that is:
|decontamination or decontaminate||A physical or chemical process which removes, kills or renders non-viable the GMOs used. In the case of micro-organisms this may not necessarily result in sterility.|
|disposal||The destruction, discarding, or throwing away of decontaminated GMOs.|
|GMO||Genetically Modified Organism.|
|flood||For the purposes of these guidelines ‘flood’ includes:|
|IBC||Institutional Biosafety Committee.|
|NLRD||Notifiable Low Risk Dealing.|
|micro-organism||An organism too small to be viewed by the unaided eye, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and some multicellular organisms. For the purposes of these guidelines, this definition includes viral vectors.|
|PC1||Physical Containment Level 1.|
|PC2||Physical Containment Level 2.|
|PC3||Physical Containment Level 3.|
|PC4||Physical Containment Level 4.|
|primary container||A container immediately surrounding the GMO.|
|prone to flooding||For the purposes of these guidelines, the determination of whether the location of a site is prone to flooding or storm surges depends on the expected frequency of these events. A site will be regarded as being prone to flooding if the floor of the site would be inundated by a 100 year Average Recurrence Interval (ARI) flood or storm surge event. (This equates to a 1 in 100 year flood level, or an Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) of 1%.). If it is not possible to obtain the 100 year ARI flood level from the relevant local authority, then the highest ARI or Defined Flood level used by that authority will be taken to be the level for determining if the location is prone to flooding or storm surges.|
|qualified person||A person who has acquired through training, qualifications or experience, or a combination of these, the knowledge and skill enabling that person to accomplish the relevant task competently.|
|sealed||Able to contain all GMOs or the reproductive material of GM plants or GM aquatic organisms (including pollen or gametes) being transported or stored, and able to remain closed during all reasonably expected conditions of transport and storage.|
|secondary container||The container immediately surrounding the primary container.|
|storage||The act of holding or keeping of GMOs or parts of GMOs without undertaking any experimentation or other procedures on the GMOs or parts of GMOs.|
NOTE: It would normally be expected that there would be no metabolic activity or minimal metabolic activity in the GMOs. This may involve low temperatures or freezing of cultures but may also involve the holding of stocks of diapausing insects or cell cultures for relatively short periods of time. It would not include the holding of actively growing plants and animals.
|storm surge||For the purposes of these guidelines, a storm surge is a rise in coastal water levels caused by the low pressure area of a storm or cyclone and wind driving water shoreward.|
|substantive amount of liquid||That amount of liquid more than that which adheres to the inside of a container (such as a bottle) when its contents have been emptied out.|
|the Act||Gene Technology Act 2000 and, as applicable, corresponding State legislation.|
|the Regulations||The Commonwealth Gene Technology Regulations 2001.|
|unbreakable||Able to withstand all reasonably expected conditions of transport and storage such as: the forces, shocks and impacts expected during handling; or changes of temperature, humidity or air pressure.|
|viable||Micro-organisms, cells and cell cultures: