Position Statements on Biotechnology

Australian Biotechnology: A National Strategy (2000)

In 2000, the Biotechnology Ministerial Council of Australia developed the National Biotechnology Strategy, which outlined the Government's vision and support for biotechnology. In the document, Australia's vision for biotechnology was stated as "consistent with safeguarding human health and ensuring environmental protection, that Australia capture the benefits of biotechnology for the Australian community, industry and the environment.

The strategy included sections on Australia's opportunity and challenge, biotechnology in the community, ensuring effective regulation, biotechnology in the community, Australian biotechnology in the global market, resources for biotechnology and maintaining momentum and coordination.

Biotechnology was said to be "a powerful enabling technology with applications that have the potential to revolutionize many industry sectors including agriculture, forestry, fishing, pharmaceuticals and health, chemicals, textiles, food processing, environmental industries, energy and mining.

Biotechnology Australia, along with its five member departments, will have the key role in implementing and evaluating the National Biotechnology Strategy and in coordinating and managing the government 's non-regulatory biotechnology activities.

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International Support:

  1. International Organizations
  2. Africa
  3. Asia
  4. Europe
  5. North America
  6. Latin America
  7. Oceania

International Organizations

- Food and Agricultural Organization
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- World Health Organization
- United Nations Development Programme
- United Nations Environment Programme
- Third World Academy of Sciences

- Agenda 21
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
- Vatican Pontifical Academy on Life

- International Council for Science Union

- International Life Sciences Institute


- International Society of African Scientists
- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
- Africabio
- South African Minister Ngubane's statement at WSSD
- National Biotechnology Strategy for South Africa
- Former Kenyan President Moi's letter to US President Clinton

- Nigerian President Obasanjo's Statement


- Asian Development Bank
- Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Indian National Academy of Sciences
- National Academy of Science and Technology (Philippines)
- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir's Speech at BioMalaysia 2002
- Policy Statement on Biotechnology (Philippines)


- Royal Society of London

- Prime Minister Blair's speech

- European Commission

- French Academy of Science

North America


United States of America

- American Medical Association
- American Society for Microbiology
- National Academy of Sciences
- National Research Council
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- Federation of Animal Science Societies
- American Midwest Farmers

  • American Agri-Women
  • American Soybean Association
  • National Chicken Council
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Cotton Council
  • National Milk Producers Federation
  • National Potato Council
  • National Turkey Federation
  • United Soybean Board


- Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee
- The Royal Society of Canada (The Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities)
- Industry Canada (Federal Department of Industry)
- The 1998 Canadian Biotechnology Strategy: A Ongoing Renewal Process

Latin America

- Brazilian Academy of Sciences
- Mexican Academy of Sciences


- New Zealand Royal Commission

- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
- Australia New Zealand Food Authority
- Australian Biotechnology: A National Strategy (2000)

- National Farmers' Federation

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