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Health and Safety Directorate

GM Risk Assessment and Notification - HS029

This non-accredited course will provide an introduction to the requirements for working with Genetically Modified (Micro) Organisms (GMMO / GMO’s) in the contained laboratory setting. The topics covered include: the principles and legislative requirements of a GM risk assessment (using the Queen Mary GMO risk assessment template), identifying GMMO / GMO hazards and risks to humans and the environment, establishing correct Containment level for the work and the notification process internally within Queen Mary and externally to the Regulatory Authority.

Duration: 2.15 hours delivery time via Microsoft Teams. Access enrolled session using the MS Teams meeting link provided in the outlook calendar invite.


  1. Know the hazards and risks arising from working with GMO / GMMO’s
  2. Understand the GM Containment Level requirements
  3. Know the measures required to contain GMO / GMMO’s from start of work through to waste disposal and storage
  4. Be aware of relevant legislation underpinning GMO work
  5. Be able to conduct a risk assessment of their GMO work
  6. Be aware of the notification process for GMO work. 

Certification:  Following successful completion of an online knowledge quiz on QMPlus (open book), a certificate of completion is generated to delegates.

Suitability: For laboratory research, technical and teaching staff working with / intending to work with genetically modified (micro) organisms. (E.g. new PhD, post-doctoral staff and group leaders who intend to conduct GM work). 

Please note the HS025 GM & Biosafety for Clinical Trials Staff training course has been withdrawn. For those intending to conduct / work in gene therapy clinical trial studies (e.g. pharmacy, research nurses, clinical trial team members), online training modules at the NHS e-learning website are recommended; in particular, ‘Gene Therapy Medicinal Products, GMOs and Bio-containment’ under ‘Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products’. Access the NHS e-learning website via your NHS login to ensure training is recorded. Those without an NHS login may access the ‘Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products’ modules freely by creating a personal login.

Requalification / Refresher:  Attend and complete this course as a refresher course once every 4 years.

Bookings: Please book on via the CPD Platform, if you have any issues gaining access please contact the IT Helpdesk.

External organisations:  Open to attendees from external organisations but please note this course is geared towards Queen Mary requirements. There is normally a fee chargeable to other organisations see QMUL e-Shop for details. Please complete the External Organisation Non-Accredited H&S Training Request Form.

Further Information: If you require any further details, please contact the HSD Helpdesk.



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