Development of Ethical Guidelines in Relation to Genetically Modified Organisms
In the first triennium, at the request of the Regulator, GTEC commenced work on the development of a set of ethical guidelines (values and principles) in relation to genetically modified organisms. These draft Guidelines have been discussed with other ethics committees and government agencies, then revised in response to that consultation.
GTEC considered the need for a survey of Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs). The purpose of the proposed survey was to determine the extent of ethical review for all types of applications for genetic modification work in relation to plants and animals. Towards the end of the first triennium it was decided that the work was not to be progressed at that time.
At the request of the Regulator, GTEC also worked on a range of ethical issues falling within the purview of the new regulatory system. This led to working papers on:
" A history of ideas about environmental precaution"
A number of these GTEC papers have been considered by GTTAC and GTCCC.
A GTEC working paper entitled Managing Risk Ethically provided expert advice to the OGTR and the Regulator throughout the process of revision of the Risk Analysis Framework during 2003 - 4. The paper’s emphasis on considering the broader context in which risk analysis takes place is referred to throughout this submission. Amendments to the Risk Analysis Framework (OGTR, 2005, 2nd Edition) reflect the integration of ideas and themes raised in Managing Risk Ethicallyinto the revised Risk Analysis Framework.