GM - Useful Links

This page provides links to websites relating to the regulation of GM crop plants


Competent Authority for Deliberate Release to the Scottish Environment

CAP, GM and Agriculture Climate Change Branch
Scottish Government, Agriculture and Food Division
D Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh EH11 3XD
Telephone: 0131 244 9503

UK Lead Territorial Competant Authority for Deliberate Release
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
GM Policy, Science and Regulation Unit
Area 3B, Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR

Government GM web sites
Scottish Government – Genetic Modification 
Defra GM (Genetic Modification) (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Government Advisory committees
Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE)
Scientific Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification (Contained Use (SACGM)
SACGM Compendium of Guidance
Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP)

Other public bodies/Agencies
Food Standards Scotland 
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
APHA GM Inspectorate (the English GM Inspectorate)

Legislation
Directive 2001/18/EC the European directive covering GM releases to the environment and amendment 2018/350
Directive (EU) 2015/412 amending Directive 2001/18/EC as regards the possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory
The Environmental Protection Act (1990) 
The Genetically Modified (Deliberate Release) (Scotland) Regulations 2002
The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014

International bodies
ENGL European Network of GM Laboratories
ISTA GMO Proficiency Tests (International Seed Testing Association)

GMOs authorised for Deliberate release in the EU for marketing and import
GMO Register

Application and consent process for research purposes in the UK
Genetically Modified Organisms: Applications and Consents