L29 – The GMO Regulations 2014: Guidance on regulations (draft copy)

Guidance on regulations

The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 will come into force on 1 October 2014 and the fourth edition of the guidance on regulations (L29) A guide to the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000 will be withdrawn.
The fourth edition of the guidance on regulations applies up to and including 30 September 2014. You can download it free.

The fifth edition of L29 will apply from 1 October 2014 when the new regulations come into force. A draft version of the fifth edition is also available for download. Members of the public are invited to feedback on this draft version and any comments should be emailed to gmoconsolidation@hse.gsi.gov.uk. Please note that if you download a copy before 1 October 2014, the draft may be subject to further change before the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 come into effect.

Fourth edition – applies up to and including 30 September 2014

Date of publication: 2000
ISBN: 9780717617586
Series code: L29 (Fourth Edition)
Price: £13.50

Fifth edition – applies from 1 October 2014

Date of publication: 2014
ISBN: 9780717666416
Series code: L29 (Fifth edition)
Price: N/A
Download a free draft copy

About this guidance

The fifth edition of the guidance provides practical advice to help dutyholders comply with their legal duties in relation to working with GMOs in contained facilities. It describes the law that applies, sets out the containment measures and other controls that need to be considered and explains the role of the competent authority. The guidance covers the key requirements of:

  • carrying out the risk assessment
  • classifying the contained use work
  • notifying to the competent authority
  • applying the relevant control measures
  • accident reporting

What has changed in the fifth edition?

Changes have been made to the guidance to:

  • reflect the legislative changes to the 2014 Regulations
  • simplify and clarify the text
  • take account of advances in technology, for example synthetic biology
  • provide clearer distinction between duties on the user and duties on the competent authority
  • remove some of the technical advice, which will be updated and included in the SACGM Compendium of Guidance
  • remove the appeals process and provide clearer, standalone guidance on the appeals procedure
  • improve the advice on significant changes, the genetic modification safety committee, and how the regulations interact with COSHH

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l29.htm