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Home Office legislation change for working with pathogens and toxins

17 September 2012

The Home Office is amending legislation which may affect those who work with certain pathogens and toxins. The legislation referred to is Schedule 5, part 7, of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (ATCSA). Schedule 5 lists controlled pathogens and toxins. It is this list that will be amended as follows:

  • SARS Coronovirus - will be added, and
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis Clostridium perfringens, Cryptococcus neoformans and Cladophialophora bantiana - will be removed
  • Clostridium perfringens has been removed from the list but its toxin remains on Schedule 5 to the Act

Anybody that plans to hold a substance listed in schedule 5 must inform the Home Office before it is held, or within one month of the substance being listed, they will then be contacted by a Counter Terrorism Security Advisor who will provide advice on any additional physical and personnel security measures required.

Any researchers planning on holding SARS Coronovirus must inform the Home Office by November 2012 by emailing

However, they no longer need to inform the Home Office if they plan to hold Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Clostridium perfringens, Cryptococcus neoformans or Cladophialophora bantiana.


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