Presentation on changes to SAPO regime

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Presentation on changes to SAPO regime
Specified Animal Pathogens – proposal
to improve current arrangements
Currently
• Defra and Devolved Governments (DG)
Policy lead
Licensing authority
• HSE undertake inspections
• via Agency Agreements
• Provide inspection reports/
recommendations to Defra & DGs
• Single Regulatory Framework
• Legal difficulties
• Alternative non-legislative approach
Development of proposal
Review
• HSE/Defra/DGs reviewed arrangements
– Explored legal constraints
– Reviewed experience since 2008
– Identified lessons learned
– Sought and analysed responses from licence
holders
– Considered feedback from SRF
• Options developed
• Impact considered in cost-benefit analysis
• Proposal agreed
Proposal to improve current arrangements
Proposal
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Risk assessment for specified animal pathogens
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Licensing to be transferred to HSE
Restructuring of licences and licence conditions
Revision of the SAPO guidance to reflect
changes and align other contained uses
Provision of a single point of contact for
contained use of biological agents (i.e. human,
animal and GMO)
Implementation of proposal
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HSE is working with Defra and DGs to
implement the proposal with a view to
making the changes in 2015
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Stakeholder working group to be
established to provide input on revised
licence conditions and guidance – include
representatives from biosafety community
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Wider consultation on revised guidance to
commence later in 2014

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