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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 Application Form Notifiable Low Risk Dealing (NLRD) for Dealings with GMOs

Chevron Word icon  IBC Application for Exemption Status for Dealing with GMOs

Chevron Word icon IBC Amendment to an Approved Research Project

Chevron Word icon IBC Notification of Change in Personnel

Chevron Word icon IBC Annual Report Template for Dealings with GMOs - Please note that your application MUST specify the agent which will be used for decontamination, including concentration and duration of exposure.

Chevron Word icon NRLD 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 PDF icon Lab Procedures Manual for Handling GMOs

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 PDF icon National Framework of Ethical Principles in Gene Technology 2012 External Link

Chevron Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs External Link

Chevron OGTR Guidelines for Physical Containment level 2 facilities: External Link

Chevron Constant Temperature Room External Link

Chevron Animal Facility External Link

Chevron Laboratory External Link

Chevron PDF icon Lab Procedures Manual for handling of GMOs

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.