Community concerns about biotechnology are addressed by the Queensland Biotechnology Code of Ethics (the Code), which guides ethical decision making and actions taken by organisations undertaking biotechnology activities in Queensland by establishing standards of best practicee for industry.
The Code covers all areas of biotechnology activity including health care, agriculture, food and the environment. The Code also provides awareness raising for the broader community.
The Code outlines the fundamental ethical framework that will guide the development of biotechnology in Queensland, referring to legislative controls where necessary. It relates to all major sectors of the industry including health and medical applications, agriculture, food and food manufacturing, the environment and industrial processes.
The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:
It is expected that biotechnology organisations will be familiar with and abide by current national and state legislation.
Queensland legislation referred to in the Code includes:
- Gene Technology Act 2001 (Qld)
- Gene Technology Regulation 2002 (Qld)
- Biodiscovery Act 2004 (Qld)
- Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 (Qld) (now the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)
- Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Qld) (amended through the Animal Care and Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012)
- Research Involving Human Embryos and Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2003 (Qld)
Further information about the Queensland Biotechnology Code of Ethics is available on the Business Queensland website.