Aims and Key Services

GM Team

The GM Team provide advice and technical support to Scottish Government colleagues and participates in UK committees on experimental deliberate release and contained use of GMOs (SACGM and ACRE). They also administer and provide assessors for applications for the Contained Use of GMOs in Scotland. They are full members of ENGL (the European Network of GMO Laboratories) providing input into EU level GM technical documentation, and also through ENGL, other international technical documentation such as ISO standards. They provide analytical testing to support enforcement activities, and also strategic development and improvement of molecular methods for use in GMO testing.

GM Inspectorate 

Scottish Government GM inspectors are appointed under Part VI of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The work is in support of the CAP Reform and Crop Policy Branch of the Rural and Environment Directorate who are Scotland’s Competent Authority for the regulation of the deliberate release of GMO’s under EC Directive 2001/18.

For details of the GM legislation that inspectors work to see the GM Regulatory Framework page.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)  is authorised by Defra to carry out equivalent inspection and enforcement services in England. SASA liaises closely with the GM Inspectorate in APHA, particularly in sharing information about seed material that crosses borders for production or marketing, and incidents that are common to both England and Scotland. Northern Ireland and Wales have separate arrangements.