Genetic Modification

All work with genetically modified organisms by the University must be carried out in accordance with the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014.


Risk Assessment

The GM policy arrangements outlines the University policy and procedures for working with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) including the requirement for all activities involving GMOs as part of University activities to be risk assessed using the University GM Risk Assessment Form ‌ and all activities classified into one of six activity classes based on the risk to human health and the environment.

Genetically Modified Microorganisms (GMMs)

(including bacteria, viruses, fungi and cell-cultures)

Class 1     
Class 2
Class 3
Class 4

Larger Genetically Modified Organisms

(including plants and animals

As safe as parental organism


These risk assessments are reviewed and approved by the Biological Hazards and Genetically Modified Organisms Sub-committee who act as the University Genetic Modification Safety Committee and provides advice on risk assessments relating to genetic modification activities. 

Class 1  GMMs / As safe as parental LGMOs Class 2 or above GMMs / Harmful LGMOs

Project reviewed and approved by University GM Advisor and College GM Safety Officers.

Where College GM Safety Officers are involved in the project a GM Safety Officer from another

college will be requested to be involved in the review process

Target approval completion within 1 month

Facilities inspected and approved by reviewers

Head of College (or nominated individual) to sign off proposal

Sub-committee to review the project risk assessment (either at next meeting or a special committee meeting)

Facilities inspected and approved by University GM Advisor and College GM Safety Officer


Certain activities (e.g. Class 2 or above) must be notified to the Health and Safety Executive (along with the appropriate notification fee, payable by the project supervisor).


GM Worker Registration Form

All University staff, students and visitors who work on University Class 2 or 3 GMOs must register with Health & Safety Services using the GM worker registration form (available shortly).

Occupational Health

Workers on higher risk projects (Class 2 or 3 projects with orgnaisms identified as hazardous to human health) must also complete the Occupational Health medical questionnaire. This must be sent to the University Occupational Health Service and workers must not start working with GM materials until a letter of fitness to work has been received.

Additional information on working with biological hazards can be found on the Biological Safety webpage. 

Contacts for Working with GM Organisms

Who can I contact about work with Genetic Modified Organisms?

Dr Gretta Roberts

Health & Safety Services
Scientific H&S Advisor  (acting as University GM  Safety Advisor)

01792 (60) 2680

Louise Morgan-Helliwell

Health & Safety Services 

Scientific Safety Officer / Occupational Hygienist

(Acting as Deputy GM Officer)

01792 (60) 2516  
Dr Chris Wright Biological Safety Officer, College of Engineering  
TBC GM Safety Officer, College of Science  
TBC GM Safety Officer, SU Medical School