587. Contained use of genetically modified organisms; in general.

(vi)     Contained use of Genetically Modified Organisms

587.     Contained use of genetically modified organisms; in general.

The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 20141 implement an EU Directive2 which lays down measures for the contained use of genetically modified3 micro-organisms4 with a view to protecting human health and the environment5. The regulations also apply to the contained use of genetically modified organisms that are not micro-organisms, known as larger GMOs6, but only in relation to risks to human health. Larger GMOs are not covered by the Directive.

For these purposes, 'contained use' means an activity in which organisms are