Application procedures  

Note: New staff are requested to consult a member of the Genetic Technology Committee prior to submission of their first application.

New applications




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Extensions to existing approvals



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Generic Sequencing Approvals

Low risk, broad approvals to develop genetically modified, non-pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli and bacteriophage for the purpose of answering identification, taxonomic, population or evolutionary questions for a wide range of non-native organisms, or genes and organisms from native or valued flora and fauna (no protein expression allowed) are available for use by Massey University staff and students.

In order to conduct research under these approvals, principal investigators must accept the conditions and comply with the controls listed in the EPA-/ERMA-approved decision forms downloadable below.

If you intend to utilise either of these generic sequencing approvals, please download and sign the appropriate compliance form below and forward same to:

The Secretary, Genetic Technology Committee
Research Ethics, Research & Enterprise
Courtyard Complex, University Avenue
Massey University
Palmerston North

Note: Compliance forms will be reviewed by the Committee to confirm satisfactory provision of information and that the work falls within the scope of the approval.

The details of all researchers undertaking GMO-related work under either of these approvals will be recorded by the Genetic Technology Committee.

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Use an Existing GTC or EPA/ERMA Approval


Massey University staff and students may develop genetically modified organisms in containment using an existing GTC approval, provided that the scope of their project fits within the stated purpose of the existing approval and the nature of the genetic modifications proposed are also permissible under the existing approval.  




There are a number of existing EPA/ERMA and GTC approvals which may be utilised by Massey University staff and students for the purpose of importing GMOs into New Zealand.

For further information on this option, contact the Secretary at:


Consultation with Maori

Please note that consultation with Maori must occur if the application involves any of the following situations:   

  • Work that involves DNA from native flora and/or fauna
  • The import and/or development of human DNA or human cell lines of Maori origin
  • Work that involves human embryonic stem cells regardless of their source.

In addition to these specific requirements, the Massey University Genetic Technology Committee needs to be satisfied that applications for development or acquisition of genetically modified organisms which fall outside the specific situations mentioned above are considered by the appropriate Maori authorities to not require further consultation. Essentially, consultation with Maori should occur unless the designated local authorities indicate that it is unnecessary.

The Genetic Technology Committee expects that, where appropriate, applications are discussed with the Maori representatives appointed for each campus prior to submission.

The Committee has iwi contacts within the Albany and Turitea regions (or as required for projects of national importance) who are happy to provide support and advice on any research or teaching proposal as follows:   

Manawatu Campus:

Dr Jonathan Procter
Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated

Albany Campus:

Ms Bernadette Papa
Ngati Whatua o Orakei Corporation Ltd

If interaction with iwi is required, the Kaiarahi Office of the College of Sciences can facilitate in giving contact and procedural advice.  

In this instance, please liaise with: 
Dr Nick Roskruge 
Institute of Natural Resources 
College of Sciences

Further information on Maori consultation with regard to genetically modified organisms is available on the EPA website on our Links page or by contacting the Kaupapa Kura Taiao team at the EPA in Wellington.

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