ACRE: advisory reports on requests to release genetically modified organisms

The Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment advises government on requests for permission to release genetically modified organisms (GMO) into the environment.


  1. Documents

All requests to release GMOs into the environment, like GM crop trials or clinical tests of GM vaccines, are referred by government to ACRE.

ACRE assesses each request against the possible risks to human health or the environment. If more information is needed to review the application then ACRE will request this from the applicant directly.

Finally ACRE publishes a report that sets out a summary of its findings in each case. This recommends government either approves or denies the request, and may also contain conditions or monitoring measures that ACRE thinks should be included.

The most recent advisory reports from ACRE are:


  1. ACRE advice: heart failure gene therapy trial

    • Research and analysis
  2. ACRE advice: prostate cancer vaccine trial

    • Research and analysis
  3. ACRE advice: wheat crop trial

    • Research and analysis
  4. ACRE advice: AIDS vaccine trial

    • Research and analysis
  5. ACRE advice: application to market GM carnations C/NL/13/01

    • Research and analysis
  6. ACRE advice: applicatIon to cultivate GM maize

    • Research and analysis