Biotech Updates

Australian OGTR Approves Field Trial of GM Canola

November 28, 2018

Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has issued license DIR 164 to Monsanto Australia Proprietary Limited, for the limited and controlled release (field trial) of canola genetically modified (GM) for herbicide tolerance.

The field trial (License Application DIR 164) is authorized to take place on January 2020 to January 2024, in up to 15 sites per year for the first two years and 20 sites for the third and fourth years, to be selected from 140 possible local government areas in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. The field trial will assess agronomic performance of the GM canola in all canola growing areas of Australia. The GM canola from this field trial will not be used for human food or animal feed.

The final Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) concludes that this field trial poses negligible risks to people and the environment and does not require specific risk treatment measures. The finalized RARMP, together with a summary of the RARMP, a set of Questions and Answers on this decision and a copy of the license, are available online from the DIR 164 page in the OGTR website.