How we treat Confidential Commercial Information
In order to assess the risks from the GMO the Regulator requires information about the GMO and the proposed work. While the applicant may want to keep some of this information secret, they must tell the Regulator so the right licence decision can be made.
In Australia, all activities with a GMO need legal authorisation. A set of laws1 control what people can do with gene technology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) administers these laws with the help of the staff in the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR).
For example, if a GMO is grown in a field, or used in a clinical trial it will require a licence from the Regulator. Some GMOs used in a laboratory may also require a licence.
These laws are designed to protect people and the environment by identifying risks from gene technology and managing those risks.