The GMAC Main Committee

The Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) was established under the purview of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in April 1999 to oversee and advise on the research and development, production, use and handling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Singapore.

The Committee is currently chaired by Prof Prakash Kumar from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and consists of members drawn from 13 agencies/institutions. Each member of GMAC contributes a different area of expertise to the committee, thereby enabling GMAC to make decisions based on holistic views of issues related to genetic modification.

The Terms of Reference for the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee are:

  • To advise and recommend for approval, or otherwise, the research and development, production, use and handling of Genetically Modified Organisms ("GMOs").
  • To monitor and oversee the release of GMOs into the environment.
  • To review proposals related to the release of GMOs into the environment. Where appropriate, GMAC will establish subcommittees of experts in specfic areas to conduct risk assessment.
  • To provide advice on matters relating to the release of GMOs.
  • To inform the public, where deemed necessary by the GMAC, on planned release(s) of GMOs.
  • To establish mechanisms for exchange of information with overseas agencies and to facilitate the harmonisation of guidelines with regional and international guidelines.
  • To develop and approve biosafety guidelines for the research and development, production, use and handling of GMOs.

The composition of the committee is as follows:

Institute of Medical Biology
Name Role in GMAC Designation Organisation
Prof Prakash Kumar Chair Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Dr Hong Yan Deputy Chair Senior Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
A/Prof Peter Dröge Member Associate Professor
Division of Molecular and Cell Biology
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
A/Prof Raymond Lin Member Senior Consultant
Department of Laboratory Medicine
National University Hospital (NUH)
Dr Astrid Yeo Member Senior Director
Food Regulatory Management Division
Singapore Food Agency (SFA)
Prof Paul Teng Member Managing Director National Institute of Education International (NIEI)
Dr Se Thoe Su Yun Member Deputy Director
Biosafety Branch
Public Health Group
Ministry of Health (MOH)
Prof Uttam Surana Member Research Director
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
A/Prof Ralph Graichen Member Senior Director
Biomedical Research Council
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Dr Simon Cool Member Senior Principal Investigator Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Ms Wendy Yap Member Director
International Biosafety Conservation Division
National Parks Board (NParks)
Dr Gan Siok Lin Member Senior Consultant
Occupational Safety & Health Division
Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Ms Danielle Yeow Member Deputy Director-General
International Affairs Division
Attorney General's Chambers (AGC)
Prof Yu Hao Member Provost's Chair Professor and Head of Department
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Mr Malminderjit Singh Member Editor Channel NewsAsia (CNA)
Ms Elaine Heng Member CEO (Retail Business) FairPrice Group
Prof John Hayball International Advisor School of Pharmacy and Medical Science University of South Australia (UniSA)