Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR)
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) is an Australian Government department that oversees the Commonwealth Gene Technology Act 2000 and the associated Gene Technology Regulations 2001. The OGTR website provides a range of important and useful information in this area.
A copy of the OGTR’s Guidance flowchart for the classification of contained dealings with viral vectors is available for download from the OGTR website.
In Australia and New Zealand, microorganisms are classified into Risk Groups 1 to 4, based on the pathogenicity of the agent, the mode of transmission, and the availability of preventative measures and treatment.
For an indicative listing of microbiological organisms in each of the Risk Groups, refer to AS/NZS 2243.3:2010 Safety in Laboratories: Part 3: Microbiological Safety and Containment. The Standard may be accessed via the SAI Global website, Standards Online, (Access is available on campus)
Material Transfer Agreements
Where researchers wish to send or receive materials to or from external organisations for use in their research, a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), will often be required. MTAs are appropriate where the owner of the material wishes to formalise the permitted uses of the material, the ownership or sharing of ownership of the material, (and any research outputs arising from the use of the material), and also where it is desirable to clearly establish with which party the risk and liability in relation to the use of the material will lie.
At Flinders, MTAs are overseen by the Research Services Office - please refer to the Grants and Contracts section for more information.