HSNO Approval of Higher Risk Genetically Modified Organisms Policy


Application


This policy applies to all staff and students of the University.

Purpose


To ensure that University of Auckland Biological Safety Committee has oversight of all applications made and approvals given for the importation or development of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) within the University.

Policy


  1. All applications to import or develop GMOs made by researchers in the University that are to be assessed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be sent to the University of Auckland Biological Safety Committee (UABSC) in the first instance
  2. The UABSC does not have the delegated powers to assess or approve applications to import or develop GMOs that are not low risk. Such applications must be made to the EPA
  3. The UOABC is, however, expected to have oversight of all applications made and approvals given to import or develop Genetically Modified Organisms involving the University

Definitions


The following definitions apply to this policy:

Genetically Modified Organisms as per s2 HSNO Act are: “Any organism in which any of the genes or other genetic material

a) Have been modified by in vitro techniques; or
b) Are inherited or otherwise derived, through any number of replications, from any other genes or other genetic material which has been modified by in vitro techniques”

Not Low Risk (Genetic Modifications) are those defined in Schedule 1 of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) (Low Risk Genetic Modification) Regulations 2003

University means the University of Auckland including all subsidiaries

Key relevant documents


Include the following:

Document management and control


Content manager: Director Research Management              

Owned by: DVC (Research) 

Approved by: University of Auckland Biological Safety Committee

Date approved: 27 August 2013

Review Date: 27 August 2015