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Contained Use of GMOs and pathogens
Regulatory framework and procedures in the Brussels Region

(Last revised: November 13, 2015 )


* Regional Authorities                      * Biosafety and Biotechnology Unit
* Forms to be used for notifications
Regulatory framework in force
* Decree of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region of 8 November 2001 (OJ 26.10.2002, p. 7209)
     [Full text in French] [Full text in Dutch]

* The environmental Permit: description and information [Link to the Web site of the Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment - in French]

* Procedures for first and subsequent contained uses

All contained uses of pathogenic and/or genetically modified micro-organisms must be performed inside a relevant installation covered by an environmental permit.
The notification or authorisation procedure for such uses is established by the "Arrêté du 8 novembre 2001 du Gouvernement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale relatif à l'utilisation confinée d'organismes génétiquement modifiés et/ou pathogènes et au classement des installations concernées" (MB 26.10.2002, p. 7209).

The request for a certificate or for an environmental permit for the above-mentioned installations shall contain a risk assessment of the contained use of GMOs and/or pathogenic organisms as regards risks for human health and the environment, and shall indicate the maximum level of containment that could be reached in the installation.
The advice of the Biosafety and Biotechnology Unit (SBB) is requested during the instruction of requests for certificates and for environmental permits.

The whole information that has to be given to ask for an authorisation or to notify a contained use activity represents the biosafety dossier. In order to facilitate the information and notification procedures and to limit at the minimum the administrative constraints for the notifiers, the SBB has, in collaboration with the Regional competent authority, developed notification forms and a user guide, on the basis of the requirements of the regional decree but also of the experience gained as regards implementation of this regulation.

* Decree of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region of 9 December 1993 (repealed by the above-mentioned Decree of 8 November 2001) - HTML version in French - HTML version in Dutch

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