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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 July to 30 September 2011.

During this period one licence for dealings involving intentional release of GMOs and five licences for dealings not involving intentional release of GMOs were issued, while 74 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 Gene Technology Amendment Regulations 2011 and the Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs both commenced on 1 September 2011.

Yours sincerely

Dr Joe Smith
Gene Technology Regulator
21 November 2011