Research at the WCHN
Research involving Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) at the WCHN
The WCHN Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) was disbanded on 30 June 2020. This was due to the closure of the WCHN Animal Care Facility and its certified facilities on 30 June 2020.
As of July 2020, there are four remaining PC2 facilities certified by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) at WCHN which are listed below:
Responsibility of Facility Managers
Record of Training
The OGTR requires that all personnel (staff, students or visitors) working in an OGTR-certified facility be appropriately trained. It is the responsibility of Facility Managers to ensure that relevant personnel have read and signed a Record of Training. The original signed form should be retained within the facility and made available to the OGTR on request. Additionally, Facility Managers or Supervisors must ensure that all laboratory staff are provided with adequate induction training.
Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs
If an approved dealing involves GMOs, researchers must ensure they comply with the OGTR Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs which may be accessed here:
Facility Managers have a responsibility to ensure that stored GMO details are recorded on
a GMO Storage Record Form and that the register is made available to the Research Secretariat or OGTR on request.
Future Applications for GMO Research
Prior to making an application to the University of Adelaide’s IBC, applicants should first contact Ms Mary Thorne – email@example.com
Any future applications for research using GMOs, either Notifiable Low Risk Dealings (NLRD), or Dealings Not Involving an Intentional Release (DNIR) may still be undertaken in any of the WCHN certified facilities following approval by the University of Adelaide's IBC.
It is the responsibility of each researcher involved in GMO research to provide the approval from the University of Adelaide’s IBC to the WCHN Research Secretariat via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WCHN will continue to report to the OGTR annually in order to provide details of any GMO research carried out within the precincts of the WCHN that has been approved by the University\'s IBC and lists WCHN as the Institution responsible for the dealing.
Other Relevant Documents
last modified: 03 Sep 2020