Consultation on wording of the 'organisms not genetically modified' regulations

In December 2015, we asked for submissions on the wording of ‘organisms not genetically modified’ regulations in the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.

Consultation

We sought submissions to clarify the wording of the legal definition of ‘not genetically modified’ under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Organisms Not Genetically Modified) Regulations 1998.

Proposed amendments were considered by Cabinet, and the Minister for the Environment announced the Government's decision.

Outcome

The approved amendments 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.