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.
Who we are
The Specialist Inspector Team
- Provide advice and guidance to centres working with harmful micro-organisms and genetically modified organisms.
- Undertake inspections of premises undertaking work with micro-organisms classified in Hazard Groups 3 and 4 or research activities with micro-organisms in Hazard Group 2 or any work with genetically modified micro-organisms.
The Notification Team
- Manage the statutory notification scheme for GM premises and activities and undertake the administrative procedures involved in the handling of notifications under the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations and COSHH.
The Policy Team
- Negotiate and implement EU and international law and Conventions on biological agents and GMOs
- Develop national legislation
- Ensure that the regulatory regime covering micro-organisms is in line with over-arching government policies