Amend existing approval

An amendment allows changes to a new organism approval after it has been given – if the change is minor in effect, or corrects a minor or technical error.

Make an amendment to a new organism approval

What is an amendment?

An amendment allows changes to a new organism approval after it has been given—but only if the change is minor in effect, or corrects a minor or technical error. For example:

  • Changes to the approved organism description that do not change the overall risks.
  • Correcting typographical or drafting errors.
  • Adjusting existing controls to make them more practical, workable or enforceable.

Note: to amend an approval given by the Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBSC) of the University of Auckland, University of Otago, Massey University or Lincoln University, please contact the approving IBSC.

Proposal Form -  Apply for an amendment (pdf 46KB)

What is the approved organism description?

​An “approved organism description” lists what organism(s) an approval to import, develop, field test or release is for.  An approved organism description may specify only one organism or a range of organisms.

What are controls on new organism approvals?

An approval is given controls by the decision-makers to eliminate or manage potentially significant adverse risks.  For example, controls for a containment approval may require that the organism is held within a secure facility and only handled within a class II hood. Controls for a release approval may require that only sterilised males are released.

Will I need to consult with Māori about my proposed amendment?

The nature of the amendment you wish to apply for will determine whether consultation with Māori is required. 

Read our guidance on consultation for applicants

Will the proposal for an amendment be publicly notified?

No – a proposal to make an amendment is not open for public submission.

How long will the process take?

There is no statutory time frame to process a proposal for an amendment. However, we will endeavour to process your proposal in a timely manner.

What is the fee?

​The fee to amend a rapid assessment approval is $115.00 (including GST).

The fee to amend all other approvals is $575.00 (including GST).