In Australia, regulatory reviews are being undertaken by Food Standards Australia New Zealand and the Gene Technology Regulator to determine the place of genome edited plants and their produce. These reviews may result in major shifts in Australia’s regulatory approach to agricultural biotechnology, including improved consistency between the two frameworks and operation on an output basis (focusing on resulting products) rather than an input basis (focusing on the process used to create products).
This paper examines Australian regulatory responses to genome edited plants and identifies challenges for regulators, the scientific community, and agricultural production and trade in light of them.
BSc, LLB (Hons), PhD;
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia [click here for bio]
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