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Apply for organisation accreditation

While accreditation is often a licence requirement, all organisations dealing with genetically modified organisms should consider accreditation. Find out more about accreditation and how to apply.

Who needs accreditation

The Gene Technology Regulator requires organisations undertaking certain dealings with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be accredited.

The Regulator also strongly encourages all organisations conducting dealings with GMOs to obtain accreditation.

This helps manage any risks of dealing with GMOs.

What accreditation means

Accreditation enables the Regulator to assess whether an organisation has the appropriate governance arrangements, resources and internal processes in place to effectively oversee work with GMOs.

Accredited organisations must comply with the conditions of accreditation.

Accreditation does not allow an organisation to conduct dealings with GMOs. The organisation must still obtain the correct approval or assessment before commencing.

Before an organisation can be accredited it must have access to an appropriately constituted Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Institutional Biosafety Committees

Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) play an integral role in assisting compliance with Australia’s national gene technology regulatory scheme laws.

IBCs evaluate low-risk contained dealings that do not require case-by-case consideration by the Regulator.

They also provide a quality assurance mechanism by reviewing the information applicants submit to the Regulator.

IBCs are not responsible for the conduct of organisations that they assist. They help with identifying and managing risks with GMOs without attracting liability for damages.

Accredited organisations may have multiple IBCs specialising in different fields of expertise. Organisations may also seek advice from IBCs established by another organisation.

More information

Apply for accreditation

The application must address a number of technical and procedural matters. The Regulator considers the level of compliance with the technical and procedural requirements outlined in the guidelines in determining whether to accredit an organisation.

Decision timeframes

The Regulator must decide whether to approve accreditation within 90 working days of receiving the application.

This does not include weekends, ACT public holidays, and time spent waiting for applicants to respond to requests for additional information. 

Protecting confidential commercial information 

Applicants can request that information in the accreditation application is declared confidential commercial information (CCI). Applicants must include any CCI request with the application for accreditation

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