Certain micro-organisms, and the toxins they produce, come under the control of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
Part 7 of the Act deals specifically with the security of pathogens and toxins due to concerns over potential terrorist threats.
These regulations are overseen by the Home Office and enforced by the Police.
The purpose of the regulations is to enable checks to be made on the physical security and access by individuals to specified dangerous pathogens, toxins and related genetic material.
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