Australian New Zealand Standard AS / NZS 2243.3:2010 Safety in Laboratories - Microbiological Safety and Containment - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with this standard if you intend to deal with a genetically modified organism (GMO). Certain dealings with GMO's are classified as notifiable low risk dealings. This means that anyone may undertake the dealing, subject to meeting specified conditions, without the need to hold a licence.

A kind of dealing mentioned in Part 2 of Schedule 3 of the Act involving a micro-organism that satisfies the criteria in this standard must be carried out in a facility that is appropriate for the dealing and has been certified by the Agency to at least physical containment level 3.

The standard sets out requirements, responsibilities and general guidelines relating to safety in laboratories where micro-organisms and prions are handled.

Please consult the Contact Officer for further information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Health
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Regulatory Practice and Compliance Branch

Act(s) name

Gene Technology Act 2000 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Department of Health
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Regulatory Practice and Compliance Branch

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9848
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


1800 181 030


02 6271 4202


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