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National gene technology review submissions reminder

The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is reminding Western Australians to have their say in the future direction of gene technology regulation in Australia.

Public submissions to a review of the National Gene Technology Scheme close on 15 September 2017.

This first stage of the consultation process is to better understand the ideas, key issues and views of stakeholders. There will be further opportunities for stakeholders to contribute to the review.

The review is being carried out by the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology (LGFGT), which comprises government representatives from the Commonwealth and each State and Territory.

DPIRD Acting Executive Director for Biosecurity and Regulation Mia Carbon said the review would generate recommendations relating to future advancements in gene technology, mechanisms to ensure continued protection of people and the environment, and appropriate legislative and funding arrangements to support the scheme.

This will include assessment of gene technology legislation, the Intergovernmental Gene Technology Agreement, and its interface with other regulatory schemes.

This review is separate to the Review of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 currently being undertaken by the Gene Technology Regulator.

Stakeholders interested in the review are encouraged to visit the Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme 2017 web page for more information.

Submissions can be lodged via the Citizen Space website or hardcopy submissions can be mailed to: Gene Technology Review, Department of Health, MDP 1060, GPO Box 9848, Canberra, ACT 2601.

Source: WA DPIRD

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