Consultation on wording of 'organisms not genetically modified'

Decision Date: 01 August 2016

Proposed amendments were considered by Cabinet and the Minister for the Environment announced the Government's decision.

This consultation was on the wording of ‘organisms not genetically modified’ regulations in the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act. The consultation closed in December 2015.

What was proposed

The Environmental Protection Authority called for submissions to clarify the wording of the legal definition of ‘not genetically modified’ under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Organisms Not Genetically Modified) Regulations 1998.

The outcome

The Ministry for the Environment has looked at the regulations. The amendments clarify that organisms and plants bred using conventional chemical and radiation treatments, which were in use in New Zealand on or before 29 July 1998 and are common overseas, are not considered genetically modified under the law.