Any work dealing with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is covered by the Gene Technology Act and Regulations 2000 and administered by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (open an external site).
Researchers must be aware of their responsibilities in relation to dealing with biological hazards while undertaking research or teaching at UTS. These responsibilities are found in the Research Ethics and Integrity Policy.
Researchers and subject coordinators who deal with GMOs must notify the UTS Biosafety Committee of these dealings
UTS Biosafety Committee
The Vice-Chancellor established the UTS Biosafety Committee to check that safety and environmental risks arising from research projects and teaching protocols involving dealings with GMOs are adequately managed.
Genetically modified organisms are classified as:
- Exempt dealings
- NLRDs (notifiable low risk dealings), and
- DNIRs (dealings NOT involving intentional release),
Research projects involving these dealings should be registered with the UTS Biosafety Committee.
UTS: Research provide further information on biosafety at UTS (login required - UTS staff access only) including details of the:
- UTS Biosafety Committee, and
- biosafety application and associated forms and guidelines.
- Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Website: www.ogtr.gov.au (open an external site)