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Genetically Modified Organisms Act, No. 15 of 1997

Long title


To provide for measures to promote the responsible development, production, use and application of genetically modified organisms; to provide for an adequate level of protection during all activities involving genetically modified organisms that may have a adverse impact on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, human and animal health; to give attention to the prevention of accidents and the effective management of waste; to establish common measures for the evaluation and reduction of the potential risks arising out of activities involving the use of genetically modified organisms; to lay down the necessary requirements and criteria for scientifically based risk assessments, environmental impact assessments, socio-economic considerations and risk management measures; to establish a Council for genetically modified organisms; to ensure that genetically modified organisms are appropriate and do not present a hazard to the environment; and to establish appropriate procedures for the notification of specific activities involving the use of genetically modified organisms; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Table of contents

SECTION TITLE
1. Definitions
2. Application of Act
3. Executive Council of Genetically Modified Organisms
4. Objectives of Council
5. Powers and duties of Council
6. Vacancies in Council
7. Meetings of Council
8. Appointment of registrar
9. Functions of registrar
10. Advisory Committee
11. Functions of Committee
12. Funding
13. Conflict of interest
14. Prohibition of activities concerning genetically modified organisms
15. Inspectors
16. Routine inspections by inspectors
17. Determination of risks and liability
17A. Recovery of costs [...inserted by Act 2006_023_012_20070417]
18. Confidentiality
19. Appeals
20. Regulations
21. Offences and penalties
22. Delegation of powers
23. Short title and commencement
Ann. [sic - no title] [nOTE: contains document entitled "Cartagena Protocol of Biosafety to the Convention" - see Act 2006_023_000 Annexure for text of Protocol]**
 
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