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Letter of Transmittal

The Hon Catherine King MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing
Parliament House

Dear Parliamentary Secretary

In accordance with section 136A of the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act), I am pleased to present to you the Quarterly Report of the Operations of the Gene Technology Regulator, covering the period 1 April to 30 June 2011.

During this period 34 physical containment facilities were certified, while 73 certifications and 16 licences were varied.

Routine monitoring activities for this quarter exceeded the target rate and no significant risks to either human health or the environment were identified.

The Gene Technology Amendment Regulations 2011 were made by the Commonwealth Administrator on 2 June 2011 and I issued new Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs, also on 2 June 2011. Both instruments commenced on 1 September 2011.

Yours sincerely

Dr Joe Smith
Gene Technology Regulator

30 September 2011