Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee
IAP2 Australasia has been asked to invite suitably qualified individuals who might be interested in nominating for the 2014-2017 membership of the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee (GTECCC). Nominations close 28 March 2013.
GTECCC is a 12 member expert committee established under the Gene Technology Act 2000 to provide advice, on request, to the Regulator and the Legislative Governance Forum on ethical issues relating to gene technology and on community consultation and risk communication.
Nominations are invited from suitably qualified persons for membership of the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee (GTECCC). Nominations close 28 March 2013.
The Gene Technology Regulatory System
The development and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Australia is regulated under the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act) and corresponding State and Territory legislation. The Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) is an independent decision maker responsible for administering the legislation. The Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology (LGFGT) oversees the implementation of the national scheme and is comprised of relevant ministers from the Australian Government and each State and Territory.
Who Should Apply?
GTECCC is a 12 member expert committee established under the Act to provide advice, on request, to the Regulator and the LGFGT on ethical issues relating to gene technology and on community consultation and risk communication.
All nominees should be able to prepare for and attend meetings consistently and contribute to the Committee’s work program as required.
Nominees should be persons with recognized skills and experience relevant to gene technology in one or more of the areas of expertise that are set out in the Act.
The Australian Government has committed to achieving at least 40 percent female and 40 percent male representation on Government boards and committees by 2015. To achieve this commitment, the Health and Ageing portfolio is aiming for a 50-50 gender balance, and so suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to nominate.
Nomination and Appointment process
Committee members are appointed as individuals based on their expertise and not as representatives of a particular organisation. Appointments are made by the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing and are normally for a period of three years. The terms of current appointments to GTECCC expire in January 2014.
Please note that the nomination, selection and appointment process involves consultation with States and Territories and is expected to take several months.
Please refer to the ‘Information for Nominees’ document for further information on the skills and experience required, the function and workload of the committees, and the regulatory scheme.
Nominations must be submitted to the OGTR by: 28 March 2013.
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