Australian New Zealand Standard AS / NZS 2243.3:2022 Safety in Laboratories - Microbiological Safety and Containment - Australian Government


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

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Act(s) name

Gene Technology Act 2000 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Gene Technology Regulations 2001 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Health and Aged Care

Office of the Gene Technology Regulator

Regulatory Practice and Compliance Branch

Contact details

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