The Scottish Government opposes the cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) crops which could damage Scotland's rich environment and threaten our reputation for producing high quality and natural foods. The Scottish Government believes GM cultivation would diminish Scotland's image as a land of food and drink.
Taking account of this policy, SASA provides advice on the release of GM crop plants and other organisms (GMOs) into the environment and on the contained use of GMOs. In addition the GM team provides GM diagnostic testing services.
The GM Inspectorate is also based at SASA. Key services provided are:
- A seed notification scheme for the import of conventional seed which may contain adventitious GM seed,
- Case-by-case investigations resulting from previous or accidental release of GM crop plants,
- Site monitoring where accidental releases of GM crop plants have occurred.
SASA also provides a diagnostic testing service for the GM Inspectorate.