In addition to planned activities with GMOs, it is always possible that someone may come into possession of a GMO without realising or intending it. If this happens, all further dealings with the GMO, including destruction, require an authorisation. Inadvertent Dealings licences are provided for in the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act) for these kinds of situations to facilitate the safe and legal disposal of the GMO.

If the Regulator is satisfied that a person has come into possession of a GMO inadvertently, the Regulator may, with the agreement of the person, treat the person as having made an inadvertent dealings application under section 40A of the Act. A person may also apply for a licence under section 40 of the Act in respect of an inadvertent dealing.

The Regulator may issue a temporary licence (no longer than 12 months) to the person for the purposes of disposing of the GMO in a manner which protects the health and safety of people and the environment. Consideration of Inadvertent Dealings applications follows a simpler process than required for other application types.

What should I do if I have or suspect I have a GMO?

If you find that you have inadvertently come into possession of GMOs you should call the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) on 1800 181 030 as soon as possible. OGTR staff will discuss your situation and options, including any additional authorisations that may be required.

To apply for a licence for inadvertent dealings with a genetically modified organism (GMO), you can submit an application form, which can be found at Application forms to work with GMOs .

List of Inadvertent Dealing licences on the GMO Record

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