Unless defined otherwise in this document, words and phrases used in the requirements have the same meaning as in the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act) and the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (the Regulations).

Words in the singular include the plural and words in the plural include the singular.

Where any word or phrase is given a defined meaning, any other part of speech or other grammatical form in respect of that word has a corresponding meaning.

dealings or deal withIn relation to a GMO, means the following:
  1. conduct experiments with the GMO;
  2. make, develop, produce or manufacture the GMO;
  3. breed the GMO;
  4. propagate the GMO;
  5. use the GMO in the course of manufacture of a thing that is not the GMO;
  6. grow, raise or culture the GMO;
  7. import the GMO;
  8. transport the GMO;
  9. dispose of the GMO;
and includes the possession, supply or use of the GMO for the purposes of, or in the course of, a dealing mentioned in any of the paragraphs (a) to (i).
facilityThe whole of the space that is to be certified by the Regulator to a specific level of containment.
GMOGenetically modified organism.
PCphysical containment, physical containment level


Section 84 of the Act allows the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) to certify facilities to a specified containment level if the facility meets the containment requirements specified in guidelines issued by the Regulator under section 90 of the Act.

This document describes the Physical Containment (PC) levels used by the Regulator in the certification of facilities under the Act and explains the categories of organisms and types of dealings intended to be contained in each facility type and PC level.

Applicants may use this section to guide their decision about which PC level and facility type to apply for. If you have any queries about the different categories, please contact the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to discuss the options.