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Australia's Gene Technology Regulator Shares Regulatory Practices with Vietnam

June 7, 2017

On May 19, 2017, the Vietnam Academy of Agriculture Science (VAAS) and the Agricultural Genetics Institute (AGI), in collaboration with CropLife Asia, organized a knowledge sharing meeting on Gene Technologies Regulatory Practices – Sharing from Australia. The seminar focused on two topics: Introduction of Gene Technologies and Review of the Gene Technology Regulations of Australia. The topics were shared by Dr. Raj Bhula, the Gene Technology Regulator from Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR).

The meeting was attended by ~40 representatives from government bodies, academies, scientific institutes, and private companies. Dr. Vasant Patil from CropLife Asia gave the welcome speech, followed by the presentations of Dr. Bhula. The presentations provided basic information on the current regulatory frameworks of Australia on gene technologies and the country's approach on new techniques.

The OGTR is an independent statutory office holder responsible for administering the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act) and its corresponding state and territory laws. For more about the OGTR, visit their website. Visit AGI's website for other details.