Sometimes a GMO/GMM notification to the Agency will contain confidential information, for example, proprietary information, which the notifier does not wish to be made publicly available.
Confidential information is dealt with under Article 9 of the GMO (Contained use) Regulations S.I. No 73 of 2001 (amended).
Under this article, the Agency may not keep the following information confidential:
A notifier requesting the Agency to treat certain information confidentially must provide an explanation for that request. (Article 9(1)).
The Agency will consider the request and will decide which information, if any, will be considered confidential. (Article (9(2)).
The Agency has 14 days to consider this request and inform the notifier of its decision. (Article 9(3)).
The Agency will also decide whether the information is required by the Inspector in their review of the notification.
Where a notifier requests that certain information be kept confidential, the following procedure should be followed:
The notifier is advised to submit all confidential information by registered post and to notify the GMO Team of this in advance.