Confidential information is dealt with under Article 10 of the GMO (Deliberate Release) Regulations S.I. No 500 of 2003 amended by the GMO (Deliberate Release) (Amendment) Regulations S.I. No 278 of 2021. This Article specifies items of information which the notifier may request the Agency to treat as confidential and the Agency is required to consider that request.
A notifier requesting the Agency to treat certain information confidentially must provide verifiable justification for that request (Article 10(2)).
The Agency will consider the request and will decide which information will be considered confidential. (Article 10(5)).
The Agency will inform the notifier of its decision. (Article 10(3)).
The Agency will also decide whether the information is required by the Inspector in their review of the notification.
Submitting confidential information to the Agency
Where a notifier requests that certain information be kept confidential, the following procedure should be followed.
Procedure for submitting confidential information under the Deliberate Release Legislation
The notifier is advised to submit all confidential information by registered post or by courier and to notify the GMO Team of this in advance.