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Genetically Modified Organisms: applications and decisions

Information about the release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for research purposes application and consent process.

To protect human health and the environment and ensure consumer choice, there is strict legislation controlling the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Consents for release of genetically modified organisms for research purposes are granted by the Secretary of State under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 111 and 112 and the Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) Regulations 2002.

This list covers the UK and includes consents granted by ministers in the Devolved Administrations. Details of all release consents can be found on the statutory GMO Public Register. Please contact gm-regulation@defra.gsi.gov.uk for further information.

Applications to release genetically modified organisms

When an application is made to us, we invite representations on any risks of damage being caused to the environment by a release.

Consents granted to release genetically modified organisms

List of all current UK consents for the release of genetically modified organisms for research purposes. Consents issued before January 2012 are available on the National Archives website.

Each consent granted will include:

  • Consent letter (confirming consent and outlining any conditions)
  • Part A(1): Information required under schedule 1 of the Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) regulations 2002.
  • Part A(2-6): (If applicable) Details of related previous releases, including any data, results and risks.
  • Part B: Information about the release application to be included on the public register.

This list includes consents granted by ministers in the Devolved Administrations.

  1. Genetically Modified Organisms: Rothamsted Research (18/R08/01)

    • Research and analysis
  2. Genetically Modified Organisms: University of Southampton (17/R50/01)

    • Research and analysis
  3. Genetically Modified Organisms: Sainsbury Laboratory (17/R29/01)

    • Research and analysis
  4. Genetically Modified Organisms: Imperial College London (16/R49/01)

    • Research and analysis
  5. Genetically Modified Organisms: Oxford Vaccine Group (16/R48/01)

    • Research and analysis
  6. Genetically Modified Organisms: Rothamsted Research (16/R08/02)

    • Research and analysis
  7. Genetically Modified Organisms: Sainsbury Laboratory (16/R29/01)

    • Research and analysis
  8. Genetically Modified Organisms: Rothamsted Research (16/R8/01)

    • Research and analysis
  9. Genetically Modified Organisms: Rothamsted Research (14/R8/01)

    • Research and analysis
  10. Genetically Modified Organisms: Celladon Corporation (13/R46/01)

    • Research and analysis
  11. Genetically Modified Organisms: Bavarian Nordic Inc. (12/R44/01)

    • Research and analysis
  12. Genetically Modified Organisms: Rothamsted Research (11/R8/01)

    • Research and analysis
  13. Genetically Modified Organisms: Bavarian Nordic Inc. (11/R44/01)

    • Research and analysis

Locations of current consents

This list covers sites with consent for deliberate release of GMOs, for any other purpose than for placing on the market.

Published 22 November 2013
Last updated 15 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added Genetically Modified Organisms: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (18/R51/01) to the list of applications we're seeking representations on.
  2. Updated as consent has been granted to Rothamsted Research (18/R08/01).
  3. Added the application from Rothamsted Research (reference 18/R08/01).
  4. Updated as University of Southampton application (17/R50/01) has been granted consent.
  5. Added the GMO application from University of Southampton.
  6. Updated the entry for 17/R29/01 as consent has now been granted.
  7. Updated the entry for Imperial College (16/R49/01) as it's been granted consent.
  8. Updated because consent for application 16/R48/01 has been granted.
  9. Added the Sainsbury laboratory (17/R29/01) application.
  10. Updated as application 16/R8/02 has been approved.
  11. Added application for Imperial College London (16/R49/01).
  12. Added the application from Rothamsted Research reference 16/R08/02.
  13. Added the Oxford Vaccine Group (16/R48/01) application.
  14. Moved the Sainsbury laboratory application to consented section.
  15. Moved Rothamsted Research (16/R8/01) from application to consent granted.
  16. Added the Sainsbury laboratory application to release a GMO.
  17. Added the application from Rothamsted Research (reference 16/R8/01), representations on this application should be sent by 19 March 2016.
  18. Updated to reflect that consent has been granted to Rothamsted Research for application 14-R8-01.
  19. Added application from Rothamsted Research to release genetically modified camelina, reference 14/R8/01
  20. First published.