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COUNCIL REP ON GENETIC MODIFICATION COMMITTEE

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The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has agreed to the reconstitution of its Advisory Committee on Genetic Modifi...
The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has agreed to the reconstitution of its Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification (ACGM) for a further three years, effective immediately.

The reconstituted ACGM has a revised membership which will ensure that employers' and employees' interests are represented and that there is a balance between the different fields of scientific expertise - including environmental protection.

It includes Brighton BC envrionmental services director Colin Franks.

The HSC has also agreed that the committee will be smaller and focus on the strategic policy issues.

It is intended that the slimmer ACGM - relying on a new sub-committee for detailed technical assistance - will have more time and scope to address broader issues. To take account of the changes, and to reflect its new role, the ACGM's terms of reference have been modified.

The technical sub-committee will replace and build on the old system of ad-hoc working groups. It will have its own terms of reference and is expected to be better able to ensure coherence and consistency of approach on specialist biotechnology matters.

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