How we regulate the intentional releases of GM crops and other GMOs into the environment
When gene technology is used to create a genetically modified (GM) plant, animal or other living thing (organism), the genetically modified organism (GMO), for example GM canola, is regulated by the Gene Technology Regulator to protect people and the environment.
Any proposal to release a GMO into the environment receives intense scrutiny by the Regulator and by the wider community.
This factsheet provides details on how these proposals are assessed. For an overview of other uses of GMOs, for example in schools and research in Australia, visit Genetically modified organisms in Australia.