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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 January to 31 March 2011.

During this period one licence for dealings involving intentional release of GMOs and three licences for dealings not involving intentional release of GMOs were issued, while 44 physical containment facilities were certified.

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

The process for appointment of new members to the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee and the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee was finalised during the quarter.

Yours sincerely

Dr Joe Smith
Gene Technology Regulator

31 May 2011