Contained Use Notice

Notifications must be sent for all contained use activities involving living modified organisms (LMOs). Contained use activities are carried out in a facility structure, installation or other physical structure that prevents contact and impact of the LMO to the external environment. The purpose of contained use activities includes research and development, production operations, manufacturing and storage.

LMOs used in contained consumption activities can be imported or produced locally. Notifications must be sent for each biosafety level (Biosafety Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4) of the premises used.

If the contained use activity is for research and development purposes, the applicant's IBC must evaluate and approve the form by submitting Annex 2 (IBC Assessment of Project Proposal Involving Modern Biotechnology Activities) form.

Contained use activities can begin after obtaining a letter of acceptance from the Director General of Biosafety. However, the National Biosafety Board may impose such terms and conditions as may be necessary after considering such notification.

Notification Process
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No fee payment

Decision of the National Biosafety Board (NBB)
More information on the results can be obtained here.​

Relevant forms and documents
a) Form E (Notification for Contained Use and Import for Contained Use Activities Involving LMO for Biosafety Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Description:
· This form is used for contained use activities involving LMOs
· LMOs used in contained consumption activities can be imported or produced locally.
· All classes of biosafety levels (Biosafety Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4) are included in this form
· If the contained use activity is for research and development purposes, the applicant's IBC must evaluate and approve the form by submitting the Annex 2 form (IBC Assessment of Project Proposal Involving Modern Biotechnology Activities).

b) Example Form E  completely filled in

Description:

This is an example of Form E that has been completed and can be used as a guide to fill out the form for applicants.

c) Annex 2 (IBC Assessment of Project Proposal Involving Modern Biotechnology Activities)

Description:
This form should be used during controlled use activities for research and development purposes. The IBC needs to make an assessment of the contained use activity by submitting the notification form to the Department of Biosafety.

d) Guidelines for LMO Contained Use Activities

Description:
These guidelines provide details on the level of biosafety for contained use, how to handle different types of LMO in a safe manner, treatment of hazardous biological wastes, disposal of LMO and waste materials, transfer and transport of LMO and related materials and storage of LMO and materials related. These guidelines can be applied to all modern biotechnology research and development activities conducted in Government and non-Government laboratories, or by individuals involved in such activities. It also provides the minimum requirements for establishing facility structures to carry out LMO contained use activities, as well as identifying equipment requirements for different levels of Biosafety.

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