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The Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology (GT Forum) comprises ministers from each jurisdiction (the Commonwealth and the States and Territories) nominated as the minister responsible for Gene Technology in their jurisdiction by their Head of Government. The GT Forum is established under the intergovernmental Gene Technology Agreement 2001 (the Agreement). The GT Forum's functions are to: a. issue policy principles, policy guidelines, and codes of practice to govern the activities of the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator), and the operation of the Scheme (the "Scheme" refers to the national legislative scheme to protect the health and safety of people, to protect the environment by identifying risks posed by, or as a result of, gene technology, and by managing those risks through regulating certain dealings with genetically modified organisms); b. approve proposed regulations for the purpose of the Scheme; c. approve by special majority any extension of an emergency dealing determination; d. approve the appointment (and, if necessary, the dismissal) of the Regulator, and of the chairpersons of the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (GTTAC), and the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee (GTECCC), and advise the responsible Commonwealth Minister on the appointment of the members of those bodies; e. ensure coordination with other forums on matters relating to gene technology and, in particular, harmonisation of regulatory processes relating to GM products; f. oversee generally the implementation of the Scheme; g. consider/agree on proposed changes to the Scheme; h. initiate a review of the Scheme in accordance with the specifications of the Gene Technology Agreement; and i. perform any other function conferred on the GT Forum by the Gene Technology Agreement.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    G. Ministerial Councils and Related Bodies including those Established by the COAG

  • Established By / Under

    Agreement / Treaty / Council Order

  • Established By/Under More info

    The intergovernmental Gene Technology Agreement

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Creation Date

    13 February 2011

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