Gene technology and industrial chemicals

Find out how gene technology is used in industrial chemicals and the role of the National Gene Technology Scheme in their approval.

Using gene technology in industrial chemicals

Scientists continue to research and develop genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that can:

  • produce enzymes for use in food processing
  • produce paper pulp
  • biologically leach minerals from ores
  • decompose toxic substances
  • clean up industrial sites or environmental accidents
  • produce biodegradable plastics
  • bioengineer crops or fuels that can be made into oils, alcohols, diesel or other energy products.

Many of these uses benefit the environment by:

  • reducing toxic waste substances
  • reducing the use of fossil fuels.

How the scheme affects industrial chemicals

The Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) regulates the industrial use of chemicals in Australia. This includes use in:

  • inks
  • paints
  • adhesives
  • plastics
  • solvents
  • cosmetics
  • personal care products
  • cleaning products
  • manufacturing
  • construction
  • mining.

Under the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019, AICIS must consult the Gene Technology Regulator when it receives an application to approve an industrial chemical that is produced by gene technology.

Learn more about the roles of the:

Importing GM industrial chemicals

To import or manufacture an industrial chemical that is, or contains, a GM product, you need approval from the:

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