The New Zealand government has disclosed new legislation that will govern the release of new genetically modified organisms.

The Hazardous Substances and Organisms Act is being changed to allow the Environmental Risk Management Authority to approve conditional GM releases, reported NewsBoss.

The industry has been waiting for a move by the government, as a moratorium restricting the approval of GM release expires in October. The planned legislation establishes a new category to handle the approval of GM releases and outlines a system of punishment and enforcement for infringements.