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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 July to 30 September 2012.

During this period one licence for a dealing involving intentional release of genetically modified organisms and one licence for a dealing not involving intentional release of GMOs were issued, while 70 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.

This quarter was also marked by a sad event. On 29 September 2012, Professor Nancy Millis AC FAA FTSE passed away, aged 90 years. Professor Millis played a foundational and long standing leadership role in the development of Australia’s regulation of gene technology through her role as Chair of the Recombinant DNA Monitoring Committee and Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee which preceded the Act, and as an inaugural member of the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (GTTAC). Her passing and contribution were marked by a tribute on the OGTR website.

Yours sincerely

Dr Joe Smith
Gene Technology Regulator
3 December 2012