The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are consulting on regulatory proposals to introduce a single set of up-to-date regulations consolidating the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000 (GMO regulations) and its three amending regulations (4 into 1). The proposals implement a Löfstedt recommendation to consolidate the GMO legislation whilst, at the same time, ensuring that the protections provided by the existing legislation are not reduced.
The opportunity has been taken to make the regulations more risk based and proportionate and to reflect the experience of applying these regulations since 2000. Changes have also been made to remove potential hurdles that may impede the longer term goal of producing a single regulatory framework for human and animal pathogens and GMOs.
HSE is the joint Competent Authority for the regulation of contained use of GMOs with Defra (in England and Wales) and with the Scottish Government (in Scotland).
View the consultative document.
This consultation began on 28 October and will ended on 20 December 2013.
An analysis of consultation responses is now available.
Responses should be sent by 20 December 2013 to: