Biotech Updates

Australia's OGTR Invites Public Comments on Proposal to Include GM Canola on GMO Register

February 16, 2022

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator has initiated a process to consider including dealings with MON-ØØØ73-7 (Roundup Ready®) genetically modified (GM) herbicide tolerant canola on the GMO Register.

The Regulator must be satisfied that any risks posed by the dealings are minimal and that they can be safely undertaken by anyone without the need for a license. There have been no reports of adverse effects on human health and safety, or the environment resulting from the dealings licensed under DIR 020/2002.

A consultation version of the risk assessment and risk management plan (RARMP) has been prepared, providing a science-based evaluation concluding that the dealings with the GM canola pose minimal risk to people or the environment. The consultation RARMP and related information are available on the Register 003 page on the OGTR website. The Regulator invites written submissions on matters relevant to risks to human health and safety and the environment that may be posed by the dealings with the GM canola. Submissions can be received until March 31, 2022.

For more details, visit the Register 003 page.

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