Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan Application for licence for dealings involving intentional release of a genetically modified organism into the environment dir 034/2003 Title: Field Trial of Genetically Modified Cotton

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Section 5 Further Consultation

  1. Having prepared a RARMP, the Regulator must, under Section 52 of the Act, seek comment from stakeholders, including those outlined in Section 3 and the public.

  2. All issues relating to the protection of human health and safety and the environment raised in written submissions on an application or RARMP are considered carefully, and weighed against the body of current scientific information, in reaching the conclusions set out in a final RARMP. Section 56 of the Act requires that these be taken into account in making a decision on whether or not to issue a licence for the proposed release.

  3. Comments received in written submissions on this RARMP are very important in shaping the final RARMP and in informing the Regulator’s final decision on an application. A summary of public submissions and an indication of where such issues have been taken into account are provided in an Appendix to the RARMP.

  4. It is important to note that the legislation requires the Regulator to base the licence decision on whether risks posed by the dealings are able to be managed so as to protect human health and safety and the environment. Matters in submissions that do not address these issues and/or concern broader issues outside the objective of the legislation will not be considered in the assessment process. In most instances, as determined in the extensive consultation process that led to the development of the legislation, they fall within the responsibilities of other authorities.

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