Genetically Modified Organisms

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th November 2013.

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Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Fisheries)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the devolved Administrations on the introduction of a single regulatory framework covering laboratory safety for genetically modified organisms.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA is in regular contact with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on matters concerning the regulatory regime for the contained use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As the lead authority the HSE is responsible for liaison with the devolved Administrations. The current focus in this area is a plan to consolidate the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000 and the three sets of amending regulations. A single regulatory framework for the contained use of GMOs and human and animal pathogens remains a longer term objective.

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