This page provides information on the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification established by the Government in 2000 to look into and report on issues about genetic modification in New Zealand.
About the commission
The Royal Commission on Genetic Modification was established by the Government in May 2000 to look into and report on issues about genetic modification in New Zealand.
The Commission heard from over 400 experts, including scientists, environmentalists and ethical specialists. It considered more than 10,000 public submissions and heard the view of many others during a series of public meetings, hui and workshops around New Zealand.
In July 2001, it reported its findings after a 14-month inquiry into the risks and benefits of genetic modification.
The Royal Commission’s major conclusion was that New Zealand should proceed cautiously with genetic modification (GM) but not close the door to the opportunities offered by the new technology.
New Zealand’s laws governing genetic modification continue to reflect that cautious approach.
Find out more
Read the Cabinet paper on the Government’s response to the Royal Commission.