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Proposal P1055 – Definitions for gene technology and new breeding techniques

(May 2020)

UPDATE – changes due to COVID-19

FSANZ has decided to postpone the first call for submissions for this proposal until later in the year.

This decision was taken to reduce the pressure on stakeholders who may have reduced capacity to provide input due to the ongoing uncertainty and unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Proposal

We have been looking at how the Food Standards Code applies to food derived using new breeding techniques (NBT foods).

In December 2019 we released the final report into our review of NBT foods. The Review found that while there are diverse views in the community about the safety and regulation of NBT foods, the general consensus was that the current definitions are no longer fit for purpose and lack clarity.

Based on these findings, we have raised a proposal to amend the definitions in the Code to make them clearer and ensure they better reflect existing and emerging genetic technologies

Read more about the Review.

Administrative Assessment Report

Read the Administrative Assessment Report for Proposal P1055 – 20 February 2020 (pdf 220kb) | (word 60kb)

Next steps:

It is anticipated that comments from the community, government, industry and other interested parties will be sought later in the year in the first call for submissions.

Interested parties will have another opportunity to comment in a second call for submissions which is expected in 2021.

This page will be updated as work progresses. If you are interested in participating in the public consultation please email the Standards Management team.

Expert Advisory Group

An Expert Advisory Group on New Breeding Techniques (EAG NBT) will provide expert advice on a range of technical issues related to FSANZ’s consideration of potential amendments to definitions under the proposal.


  • Dr Goetz Laible – AgResearch, New Zealand
  • Associate Prof. Rob Lanfear – Australian National University, Australia
  • Prof. Brian Priestly – Monash University, Australia
  • Prof. Joanna Putterill – The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dr Sally Symes – Victorian Dept. of Health & Human Services, Australia
  • Dr Mark Tizard – CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Australia

Page last updated: 22 May 2020


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