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Women's and Children's Hospital: Biosafety Research

Research at the WCHN

Biosafety Research

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:

  • Certification 1467 (SA Pathology managed facility) – Level 4, Rogerson Building.  Facility Manager: Sharon Bain.  Phone: 0401 181 601
  • Certification 1668 – Level 2, Rieger Building.  Facility Manager: Professor Simon Barry.  Phone: 0423 771 246
  • Certification 1669 – Level 2, Rieger Building.  Facility Manager: Professor Simon Barry.  Phone: 0423 771 246
  • Certification 3518 – Level 6, Gilbert Building.  Facility Manager: Dr Patricia Cmielewski.  Phone: 8161 6430

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 PDF iconRecord 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:

PDF iconGuidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs
      Australian Government – Office of the Gene Technology Regulator

Facility Managers have a responsibility to ensure that stored GMO details are recorded on a PDF iconGMO Storage Record Form and that the register is made available to the Research Secretariat or OGTR on request.

Additionally, when GMOs are transported, details of this must be recorded on a PDF iconGMO Transport Procedure and Record Form and the guidelines outlined on page one of the form must be followed.

Future Applications for GMO Research

Prior to making an application to the University of Adelaide’s IBC, applicants should first contact Ms Mary Thorne – mary.thorne@sa.gov.au

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.

Link iconUniversity of Adelaide: Research Services – Gene Technology  

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 mary.thorne@sa.gov.au.

The WCHN will continue to report to the Link iconOGTR 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

  • Australian Standard 2243.3.2010: Safety in laboratories–part 3: microbiological aspects and containment facilities – hard copies of this standard are not available as it should only be accessed on-line. To access the standard electronically, please contact the Research Secretariat or the WCHN Library.

Link iconNational Regulatory Scheme for Genetically Modified Organisms
     Comprises of the Commonwealth Gene Technology Act 2000 and
     Gene Technology Regulations 2001, and corresponding State and Territory legislation.

PDF iconOGTR Guidelines: PC2 Laboratory Certification Version 3.2 – 1 March 2013

PDF iconOGTR National Framework of Ethical Principles in Gene Technology 2012

last modified: 03 Sep 2020