If you work with genetically modified organisms in the Netherlands, in most cases you need a GMO permit (GGO-vergunning) from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. You can obtain the permit (in Dutch) from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bureau for Genetically Modified Organisms (Bureau GGO). There are 3 different request procedures:
- Contained use (IG) (in Dutch) for activities within classified spaces, such as laboratories or animal shelters. These spaces have facilities for preventing the spread of organisms. Instead of applying for a licence, for some contained use activities you only have to notify the Bureau GGO.
- Introduction into the environment (IM) for activities outside of a classified space, such as in gene therapy or field work.
- Cultivation, production, import and export of new modified products (market inquiries).