Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Biohazardous Materials

GMOs refers to organisms that have been altered using gene technology. In 2001 a national regulatory scheme was introduced to monitor all work involving GMOs. This regulatory system is administered by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR). Organisations dealing with GMOs must be accredited and must have an Institutional Biosafety Committee, or access to an IBC, which reviews research applications and monitors certified facilities.

The IBC for Swinburne University is the Swinburne Biosafety Committee (SBC). The SBC provides a quality assurance or risk management mechanism with respect to Swinburne activity (research and teaching) or facilities involving GMOs as well as biohazardous materials.

Exempt dealings

Exempt dealings are a category of dealings with GMOs that have been assessed over time as posing a very low risk (i.e. contained research involving very well understood organisms and processes for creating and studying GMOs).

More information about what exempt dealings are can be found on the OGTR website.

For information on how to submit an application to use an exempt dealing see here.

Work cannot commence until written approval has been received.