This consultation has closed.
The Minister for the Environment has directed the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to undertake public consultation on proposed amendments to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Organisms Not Genetically Modified) Regulations 1998.
The proposals are aimed at clarifying the wording of the regulations that set out the legal definition of ‘not genetically modified’. These regulations are nearly 20 years old, and a High Court decision in 2014 highlighted the need for them to be reviewed.
The proposed amendments would clarify that organisms and plants bred using conventional chemical and radiation treatments, which were in use in New Zealand on or before 29 July 1998 and are common overseas, are not considered genetically modified under the law. It does not affect the current decision-making process for GMOs.
As required by law, the Government is consulting on the proposed amendments and encourages people to have their say.
- See the Minister for the Environment’s press release [Beehive website]
To have your say see the Consultation web page on the Environmental Protection Authority website. The consultation closes at 5pm on 11 December 2015.