How to apply for consent for a GMO/GMM

Notification Requirements for the contained use of Genetically Modified Micro-organisms (GMMs)

The following links set out the notification requirements for the first time use of premises for and the subsequent contained use of;

Class 1 GMMs

Class 2 GMMs

Class 3 and Class 4 GMMs

GMOs (GM plants and/or GM animals)

Notification Requirements for the contained use of Genetically Modified Organisms other than Genetically Modified Micro-organisms (GMMs)

The following links set out the notification requirements for the first time use of premises for and the subsequent contained use of GMOs i.e. GM plants and/or GM animals

Note the following points

  • A premises shall not be used for the first time, unless, a notification relating to the first time use has been submitted to the Agency and the Agency has issued a consent in respect of it.
  • A consent for the first time use of the premises for a particular class of activity shall apply to that class and any lower class of activity.
    For example, a consent issued in respect of a Class 2 GMM contained use activity will also permit the user to use Class 1 GMMs. The user will not be required to submit a separate or new notification in respect of the Class 1 GMM use.
  • Where a user has obtained consent for a particular class of activity, the user will be required to submit a notification and obtain consent in respect of any higher class of activity.
    For example, a Class 2 GMM user will be required to submit a notification to the Agency and obtain consent in respect of any Class 3 GMM use not previously notified. 

Submitting a notification to the Agency

Notifications for GMM/GMO contained use activities should be forwarded by e-mail to licensing@epa.ie.

Fees

With regard to fees, the Agency does not issue invoices.

If required, the Agency will issue a letter on EPA headed paper stating the fees involved.

Class of Activity

 

First-time use of a premises

Subsequent contained use

Class 1 GMM 250 0
Class 2 GMM 1875 625
Class 3 GMM 4500 1500
Class 4 GMM 22500 7500
GMO (GM plants / GM animals) 0 0

Role of the Agency

Once the Agency has received a notification for first time use of the premises or the subsequent contained use of a GMM and corresponding fee, the Agency will acknowledge receipt of the notification citing the date on which the notification was received.

The Agency will issue the user with a GMO Register number (G0XXX-01)

The Agency will review the notification and grant consent with or without conditions or refuse consent.

The flowchart provides an overview of the procedure involved in obtaining a consent for the contained use of a GMM / GMO in accordance with the GMO (Contained Use) Regulations 2001-2010.

Confidential Information

For notifiers submitting confidential information please see information on how to do so here.