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FAQs - Gmac


1. What is GMAC?

GMAC is the multi-agency national advisory entity that has been tasked to monitor and to provide scientifically-sound advice on the research and development, production, release, use and handling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Singapore.


2. When was GMAC established?

GMAC was established in April 1999 under the purview of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore


3. What is the role of GMAC?

The objective of GMAC is to ensure public safety while maintaining an environment that is conducive for commercial exploitations of GMOs and GMO-derived products. Specifically, it falls within the responsibilities of GMAC to: Advise and recommend for approval, or otherwise, the research and development, production, use and handling of GMOs;

- Advise and recommend for approval, or otherwise, the research and development, production, use
  and handling of GMOs;
- Review, monitor and advise on matters related to the release of GMOs into the environment;
- Inform the public, where deemed necessary, on planned releases of GMOs;
- Establish mechanisms for exchange of information with overseas agencies and to facilitate the   harmonization of guidelines with regional and international authorities; and
- Facilitate public education and create awareness on GM issues.


4. Who does GMAC partner with, in its work?

GMAC works very closely with regulatory agencies such as the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, the Ministry of Health, the National Environment Agency and the Ministry of Manpower.