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Gene Technology Act reviewed extended
The public submission period for the WA Gene Technology Act Review 2011 has been extended until 5pm, Friday December 16, 2011. Please write a short letter or comment to the reviewers.
The use of gene technology in Australia is regulated under a national scheme comprised of
the Commonwealth Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Commonwealth Act) and regulations
made under it and corresponding legislation in the States and Territories. The WA GT Act
2006 is the Western Australian Component of the national scheme.
The object of the national scheme is to protect the health and safety of people, and to protect the environment, by identifying risks posed by or as a result of gene technology, and managing those risks through regulating certain dealings with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Commonwealth Act provides for the appointment of a Gene Technology Regulator and establishes a regulatory frame work through which the object of the scheme is to be achieved.