The Public Register
The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 requires the competent authority to maintain a public register of information about all notifications concerning contained use. This contains information on premises and individual contained uses, including the nature of the work to be carried out at the premises, the purpose of individual contained uses and the characteristics of the GMOs involved.
New notifications and the date of significant changes to the data has to be entered on the public register within 14 days of its receipt, and remains on the public register until 10 years after the contained use has ended or until 10 years after the premises are no longer used for GM work. Please note that much less information is on the Public Register for premises or contained use which started prior to previous the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000, a limited number of contained uses have been removed in the interest of national security, and some information may be excluded from individual notifications under the exemptions of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The full risk assessment is not placed on the public register but is available on request at the Bootle office.
The public may comment on new class 3 or 4 contained uses to the competent authority within 30 days of HSE acknowledging receipt of the notification.