The Genetic Technology Bill

The Genetic Technology Bill

The Genetic Technology Bill recognises the demand to update the UK regulatory frameworks to engage with scientific technologies and support innovation development. The Bill will remove barriers to research into new gene editing technology, which for a long period has been managed by the EU’s rules around gene editing. This legislation can enable the development and marketing of precision-bred plants and animals which will drive economic growth and attract investment into agri-food research and innovation in the UK.

Ultimately, the Bill has the potential to enhance business and post-Brexit opportunities to develop a more creative, productive, and sustainable Agri-food space within the UK. However, effective safeguards and maintained food standards are essential to upholding consumer confidence. Liz Truss has vowed her commitment to reviewing remaining EU laws to release post-Brexit potential, which includes the progression of the Genetic Technology Bill.

 

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Ian Wright

I am currently Hume Brophy’s Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director. I am the Chief Executive of the Food & Drink Federation, the representative body for UK food and drink manufacturers. In addition, I also chair the UK Government’s Food & Drink Sector Council - the principal industry advisory body in food and drink policy. Earlier in my career, I was the Global Corporate Relations Director of Diageo plc, the world’s leading premium drinks business for 14 years. I also worked for Boots the Chemist and Mars.
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