Guidance and reports on GM inspections

A collection of guidance and reports on GM inspections for importing or marketing seeds and applying for consent to release genetically modified organisms.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) leads on the environmental safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and wider issues surrounding the use of GM crop technology.

The GM Inspectorate, which is part of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), is responsible for the inspection of GMO deliberate release sites and the enforcement of GMO deliberate release and marketing legislation in England.

Contact GMI

Contact the GM Inspectorate if you have concerns or information about unauthorised GMOs that you believe may have been released in England.


GM Inspectorate
Animal and Plant Health Agency
Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ

Contact the SASA GM Inspectorate for GM services in Scotland.

Seed audits

Guidance on how seed companies can fulfil their responsibilities to minimise the risk of accidental GM presence when importing and marketing non-GM seed.

  1. GM Inspectorate: seed audit programme

    • Detailed guide

Deliberate release inspections

Guidance on the deliberate release of GM organisms, including field inspection reports of experimental GMO releases, and the enforcement of deliberate release legislation.

  1. GM Inspectorate: deliberate release inspection programme

    • Detailed guide

Annual reports

Overview of GMO inspection and enforcement work in England.

  1. GM Inspectorate annual report

    • Research and analysis