The main purpose of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 is to ensure good security of dangerous substances that may be targeted or used by terrorists. The list of dangerous pathogens and toxins (biological agents) that fall within the scope of the Act are contained within Schedule 5.
A cross-Government and academic group reviewed the list of pathogens within Schedule 5 and recommended some changes.
This consultation considers those recommendations and is aimed at laboratories and the law enforcement community. We are interested in what you think the impact of implementing the proposals will be.
Please note that a similar on-line consultation on amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 was published in April 2010 but due to pre-election rules we were unable to promote it to interested parties. All responses to the 2010 consultation will be included in the summary of responses report to be issued after 17 June 2011.
Please send your response to the ATCSA consultation team.
Alternatively you may respond in writing to:
5th Floor, Peel Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
Deadline for response: 17 June 2011