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This page is to capture the progress of forming the London Biohackers GM Safety Committee (GMSC). Forming a GMSC is a requirement of the GMO(CU) regulations specifically to evaluate risk assessments, and more generally to ensure the containment of biological materials, and the safety of workers and the environment.

  • The advice from the internet on forming committees is that most committees have between 9 and 12 members. Committees with more than 15 members tend to be unwieldy and difficult to operate. committees with less than 6 people tend to be unrepresentative.
  • Traditional committees generally elect a chairperson, a treasurer and a secretary.

Communications and procedures

  1. I propose that initially, the committee will use a google groups mailing list to discuss relevant issues.
  2. The secretary of the committee should arrange an AGM on IRC to approve the strategy and review decisions
  3. committee members can resign from the committee with immediate effect, by emailing the mailing list
  4. new members can be appointed by majority vote of existing members, chairperson has a casting vote

Members who have expressed an interest

  • Tom Hodder (tolland)
  • Samantha Thompson
  • Ilya Levantis
  • Tommaso Vannocci

External members who have expressed an interest

  • Brian Degger
  • Darren Nesbeth