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Course Detail

HS029 - GM Risk Assessment and Notification

This 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 QMUL GM risk assessment templates), identifying GMMO / GMO hazards and risks to humans and the environment, establishing correct Containment level for the work and the notification process internally within QMUL and externally to the Regulatory Authority.

Duration: 2 hours classroom time plus completion of an online knowledge quiz (open book) on QMPlus in attendee’s own time (approximately 30 min).

ertification: An online completion certificate will be generated upon satisfactory completion (pass mark 80% or greater) of the online knowledge quiz on QMPlus by the attendee. The access details for the online knowledge quiz will be provided by the course tutor at the classroom.

This course is not accredited by any training accreditation body.

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).

Requalification / Refresher: Attend and complete the refresher course once every 3 years. (HS030 Bio Hazards and GM Agents Refresher).


By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

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

Provided by: Health and Safety


Date: Tuesday 30 June 2020

Venue: Engineering 2.16, ME, Engineering, Mile End

Time: 10:00 - 12:00


  • Dr M Ariyanayagam
Please check non-attendance policy and possible penalties for non-attendance at http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/training/

External organisations: Open to attendees from external organisations but please note this course is geared towards QMUL arrangements. There is normally a fee chargeable. Please complete the training request form available here http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/training/and email it to hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Further Information: If you require any further details please contact the Health & Safety Directorate at hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk