DIR 154

Limited and controlled release of a GM vaccine for chickens, Vaxsafe® ILT

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 154
Licence status:
Limited and controlled

Bioproperties Pty Ltd

Parent organism:

Infectious laryngotracheitis virus (Gallid herpesvirus 1).

Modified trait:

Vaccine - attenuation

Licence issue date:

This licence allows Bioproperties Pty Ltd to conduct a limited and controlled release of a GM vaccine for chickens, Vaxsafe® ILT. The parent organism is Infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) which causes an acute respiratory disease mainly affecting chickens. Although ILTV can potentially infect some other bird species such as turkeys, peafowls and pheasants, it does not infect people or other animals.

The proposed trial would take place on selected chicken farms in New South Wales and Victoria, over a five year period. Up to 2 million broiler chickens would be vaccinated during the trial. The control measures imposed include isolating the trial sites at least 1 km from poultry located on other poultry farms, administration of the GM vaccine only by trained and supervised personnel; limiting access to the site to authorised persons; shed exit procedures for people; not harvesting and transporting chickens to processing facilities until at least 14 days after treatment or if displaying virus symptoms; decontamination of sheds and equipment; and appropriate waste disposal. As is common in veterinary vaccine trials, the vaccinated chickens could enter general commerce, including use in human food or animal feed. APVMA has responsibility for regulating veterinary medicines in Australia and so Bioproperties will also need authorisation from APVMA prior to commencing the trial.

The risk analysis for this application was carried out in accordance with the Regulator’s Risk Analysis Framework.

Date application received:
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Risk assessment and risk management plan - summary

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Risk assessment and risk management plan - full version

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