October 17, 2017
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a licence application (DIR 158) from GO Resources Pty Ltd for commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) safflower. A summary of the application and a Questions and Answers document is posted on our website under ‘What’s New’.
Licence application DIR 158 is for commercial release of GM safflower modified for higher oleic acid content in the seed. The GM safflower also contains a marker gene that was used for the selection of plants during the early stages of research.
GO Resources Pty Ltd is seeking approval to commercially grow the GM safflower Australia-wide, subject to restrictions in some Australian States and Territories for marketing reasons. The GM safflower and its products would enter general commerce and are intended for the industrial oil market, not for human food.
Purpose of this notification
OGTR is preparing a comprehensive Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) for the application. The RARMP will be prepared taking into account advice received from a broad range of experts, agencies and authorities, and relevant local councils, as specified in the Gene Technology Act 2000. I expect the consultation RARMP to be released for public comment and further advice from experts, agencies and authorities in March 2018. There will be at least 30 days allowed for submission of comments.
If you have any questions or would like to receive a copy of the full application please contact the OGTR (quoting the reference number DIR 158).
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
MDP 54 GPO Box 9848
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: 1800 181 030
Facsimile: 02 6271 4202
Commercial release of safflower genetically modified for high oleic acid composition - GO Resources Pty Ltd
DIR 158 documents
The following documents are available for DIR 158:
Notification of application
The document informs the public and other stakeholders that the Regulator has received an application for a licence. It provides early information about the application and the assessment process, including a forthcoming opportunity for public submissions.
PDF format - 118 KB
DOCX format - 64 KB
Questions and Answers on application
A series of questions and corresponding answers on the licence application which briefly explains the assessment process and public consultation processes.
PDF format - 90 KB
DOCX format - 29 KB
Summary of licence application
The document summarises the application including brief description of the GMO(s), proposed work with GMO(s), and explains the assessment and public consultation process.
PDF format - 155 KB
DOCX format - 68 KB