Containment Facilities Requirements
- Facilities in which only Exempt dealings are conducted do not need to be certified, but must meet some minimum containment requirements.
- List of Exempt Dealings (Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001)
- List of exempt host/vector systems (Part 2 of Schedule 2 of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001)
- Have a very low level of of inherent risk that can be easily reduced or managed
- Must not involve intentional release of the GMO into the environment
- No longer require approval from the GTRC. However the Project Supervisor must notify the GTRC of the proposed research via a Notification of Exempt Dealing and a GTRC Identification Number must be issued before work can commence.
- Must be conducted in a facility that meets some minimum containment requirements
- Cannot be varied or amended once approved (a new application and approval will be needed)
Examples of exempt dealings
- Shot-gun cloning using an exempt host vector system provided that the donor nucleic acid is not derived from a pathogen or a toxin-producing organism
- Cloning into common laboratory strains of E.coli provided that the donor DNA satisfies certain criteria (as defined in the List of Exempt Dealings)
- For application instructions and forms please see the Applications page.