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Biosafety and microbiological containment

This page provides links to the home pages for three sites that contain information relating to microbiological safety. They cover occupationally-acquired infections, the contained use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and work with specified animal pathogens.

Safety notices

Policy Statements in response to EU Regulation 2020/1043

EU Policy statement - England & Wales
EU Policy statement - Scotland

Infections at work

Advice on ill health caused by exposure to micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses (commonly known as pathogens, bugs and germs) during work activities.

More on infections at work


Advice on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in contained facilities, such as research laboratories or biotechnology production facilities.

More about GMOs

Specified animal pathogens order (SAPO)

Advice on specified animal pathogens in contained facilities, such as research laboratories, manufacturing plants or animal research facilities.

More information

Updated 2020-10-13