Genetically-modified organisms field tests
In a field test or outdoor development, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are kept within outdoor enclosures with physical barriers.
Operating procedures, such as preventing plants from flowering, are also used to keep the GM plant or animal within its secure enclosure.
These activities are classed as being in containment within approved facilities.
Active field tests and outdoor developments in New Zealand
Approvals for field tests/outdoor developments currently taking place in New Zealand require the applicant(s) to provide us with an annual report.
GMO field tests and outdoor developments approved prior to July 1998
Before July 1998, field tests involving GMOs were approved or declined by the Minister for the Environment following assessment, and recommendation by the Interim Assessment Group.
GMO field tests and outdoor developments approved since July 1998
Since July 1998, decisions on field test and outdoor development applications have been made by us.