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ACGM newsletter No. 32

June 2003

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Welcome to ACGM Newsletter 32. This Newsletter contains information and guidance for those undertaking activities covered by the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000 and is designed to provide information on where guidance on these regulations can be found.

A hard copy of this document can be obtained through the ACGM Secretariat by e-mailing


The 48th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification was held on Thursday 14th November 2002 at the Health and Safety Executive, the Globe Room, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London. The meeting included:

The third annual report on the work of ACGM has been published and is available at:


This paper describes the latest developments on the Aarhus Convention, which promotes public access to environmental information and decision-making; and the EU regulation on transboundary movement of GMOs.

Amendment of the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2002

At the 48th meeting of ACGM (see above), outline proposals to amend the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000.were discussed. Some amendments are necessary following comments on the 2000 Regulations from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments. The opportunity is being taken to address other issues that have arisen since the Regulations came into force. ACGM agreed that work should go ahead on preparing amending regulations and HSE is now working up the proposals into a consultative document to be published later in the year. Areas under consideration for amendment include:

Notification issues

Fees increase

It is 'HM' Government's policy to recover full costs where charging schemes are in place and HSE has not recouped these full costs from the GMO contained use notification process over previous years. This higher than inflation rise helps (in part) to address this imbalance. A document detailing the current fees can be found at


The HSE has received a number of enquiries about workshops on the GMO(CU) Regulations for biological safety officers. We are proposing to hold two, 1-day workshops later this year. Currently we expect to hold one workshop for BSOs, safety officers and safety professionals, and a second for academics, researchers and others whose work may fall under GMO(CU).

To gauge the interest in these events and to arrange suitable venues, we would be grateful if you would indicate your interest by e-mailing, before 31 June 2003.

It would also be helpful if your e-mail could include:

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Updated on HSE web site 5 June 2003

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