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Institutional biosafety


In order to protect the health and safety of Australia and the Australian environment, The Gene Technology Act 2001, regulates the use of genetically modified organisms in Australia by identifying risks posed by or as a result of gene technology, and to manage those risks by regulating certain dealings with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Amongst other things, this national Act "prohibits persons from dealing with GMOs (e.g. research, manufacture, production, commercial release and import) unless the dealing is authorised in accordance with the Act". This covers any experiment involving the construction and/or propagation of viruses, prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells or organisms of novel genotype as a result of genetic manipulation which are either unlikely to occur in nature or likely to pose biosafety risks to the environment or human health and safety.

Any researcher planning work in this area MUST submit an application describing the project, regardless of whether he/she personally considers the work safe and/or exempt, to the Royal North Shore Hospital Institutional Biosafety Committee (RNSH IBC). The RNSH IBC is answerable to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Canberra, and is empowered to recommend exemption from the guidelines.

Work must not commence without IBC approval. There are significant sanctions imposed on non-compliance including the thre at of fines and/or imprisonment for the individual researcher.


Standard Forms for IBC submissions:

Please note the use of these forms is mandatory for all submissions to the Committee.

Chevron Word icon IBC GMO Applica​tion Form for Exempt Dealings and Notifiable Low Risk Dealings (NLRDs)

Chevron Word icon IBC Annual Report Template

Chevron Word icon NLRD Information Sheet for Dealings with GMOs

Chevron PDF icon Gene Technology Act 2000

Chevron PDF icon GMO Storage Policy

Chevron PDF icon Guideline for Certification of PC2 Facility & Physical Containment Requirements

Chevron Lab Procedures Manual for Handling GMOsExternal Link

Chevron Flowchart for the classification of contained dealings with viral vectors External Link


Related Documents:

Chevron Office of the Gene Technology Regulator External Link

Chevron Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 External Link

Chevron Lab Procedures Manual for handling of GMOsExternal Link

Chevron Useful fact sheets relating to the use of GMOs published by OGTR External Link

Please contact the Research Office, if you require further information regarding a submission to the IBC.