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HSE and GMOs

HSE operates and enforces legislation in Great Britain that aims to control the risks to human health and the environment arising from activities involving GMOs in containment under the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000.

Containment means that physical, chemical or biological barriers are used to limit contact between GMOs and humans or the environment. Contained Use facilities therefore include; laboratories, animal houses, plant growth rooms and glasshouses, industrial fermenters used for large scale production of enzymes or therapeutics, and facilities to contain genetically modified farm animals.

HSE does not lead on policy or enforcement relating to the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment, marketing of GMOs (DEFRA) or GM food safety (FSA).

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The Notification Team

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The Policy Team

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The Scientific Advisory Committee on Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) - SACGM (CU)

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Updated 2014-09-30