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GE -Free Licence with the First Simplified Procedure

This is a copy of a letter I received from Dr J Thomas(Biotech unit)
Department Enviroment Transport and the Regions.  11th May 1998.

To me the first simplified procedure gives the applicant a free licence to
plant at will and tell the Government about it afterwards.
J Mc Nulty.

First simplified procedure - notification of additional sites after the
consent has been granted.

In Great Britain, the deliberate release to the enviroment of genetically
modified organisms (GMO's) and the marketing of products contianing or
consisting of GMO's is controlled by Part 1V of the Enviromental Protection
Act 1990, and the Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release)
Regulations 1992. Together these implement European Commision Directive
90/220/EEC on the deliberate release into the enviroment of GMO's. In
addition, new Regulations governing the deliberate release of GMO's came
into force on March 8th 1995. The Genetically Modified Organisms
(Deliberate Release) Regulations 1995 implement a number of simplifications
to the existing legislation for certain classes of release.

The 1995 Regulations amend the 1992 Regulations to take into account of the
European Commision Decision 94/730/EC establishing a First Simplified
Procedure for applications to release GM plants. The ammended Regulations
allow a single consent to cover the experimental release of different GM
crop plants of the same species at different sites. Therefore, one consent
may cover a programme of work involving releases over a number of years and
at different sites. In order to comply with these regulations the GM plant
in question must conform to a number of criteria,which include the
availability of information on safety to humans and the enviroment of the

If at the time the application for consent is made, the following
information is unavailable, it may be omitted from the initial application:

*details of the location of all of the different sites of release

*detailed descriptions of all the release sites, including details of their
surface area.

*the number of GM crop plants to be released at every stage of the programme.

*details of intra-specific sexual crosses using the GM crop plants that
form the subject of the application, or using their descendants, that may
be undertaken, at each stage during the programme of work.

If this information is omitted, the consent will require that this
additional information is received by the Secretary of State at least
fifteen days before the relevant part of the programme is started. Consent
holders should allow 4 days for this information to be received by the
Secretary of State, i.e they must not proceed with the release until 19
days from the date on which they post the additional information. When the
additional information on further sites to be used in the release becomes
available, it must be advertised in each of the appropriate localities
within 10 days of submitting that information to the Secretary of State.