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[ 30-09-2014 ]


Newly published Opinion on definition of SynBio lays foundation for future work

The field of Synthetic Biology is full of exciting possibilities, from adapting crops to thrive in barren lands to growing new organs to save the lives of transplant recipients. And yet all unexplored scientific territories may pose potential risks, which is why the Scientific Committees after having produced this opinion on Synbio definition, are preparing two more opinions on the methodology to determine what, if any, risks SynBio may potentially pose to public health and what type of research in this field should be in place.

Yet while everyone has heard of Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMO, the field of SynBio is so relatively broad and new that even scientists and researchers working in SynBio have had difficulties agreeing on an exact definition for their specialisation.

As a starting block and to lay the foundation for other Opinions to come, the European Commission and its Independent Scientific Committees have just published their Final Opinion on the Definition of SynBio. It is based on a preliminary Opinion published in June, with the added input of 64 comments by 21 contributors made during the period of public consultation.

Current definitions of SynBio generally emphasise modularisation and engineering concepts as the main drivers for faster and easier GMO design, manufacture and exploitation. However, the operational definition offered in this Opinion is sufficiently broad to include new developments in the field and is derived from a working understanding of SynBio as a collection of conceptual and technological advances:

SynBio is the application of science, technology and engineering to facilitate and accelerate the design, manufacture and/or modification of genetic materials in living organisms.

But beyond providing that definition, this first Opinion also provides an overview of the main scientific developments, concepts, tools and research areas in SynBio and a summary of relevant regulatory aspects in the European Union (EU), in other countries such as the USA, Canada, South America, China, and at the United Nations. The two additional Opinions on SynBio to follow will focus on risk assessment methodology, safety aspects and research priorities, respectively.

For more information on the work of the Commission's independent scientific committees, click here.

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Public Health

Newly published Opinion on definition of SynBio lays foundation for future work
[ 30-09-2014 ]


“My healthy family”: Project to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables launches in 4 EU regions
[ 23-09-2014 ]


First meeting of the Commission Expert Group on Cancer Control: 23-24 September 2014
[ 23-09-2014 ]


“We Love Eating”: Project to promote healthy lifestyles launches in 7 EU cities
[ 17-09-2014 ]


Safety of dental amalgam and its alternatives: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion launched
[ 09-09-2014 ]


Report on Roma Health underlines extent of poor health outcomes for Roma
[ 04-09-2014 ]


Public consultation on the draft Opinion on chromium VI in toys
[ 04-08-2014 ]


Public consultation on Preliminary Opinion: Future EU Agenda on quality of health care with a special emphasis on patient safety
[ 04-08-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary opinion - Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices
[ 18-07-2014 ]


Definition of primary care – opinion adopted by health expert panel
[ 16-07-2014 ]


Second conference on frailty in old age opens tomorrow
[ 17-06-2014 ]


Final Opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance
[ 16-06-2014 ]


Nutrition & Physical Activity: High Level Group and EU Platform meet today in Brussels
[ 10-06-2014 ]


Public consultation on the First Preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology Definition
[ 06-06-2014 ]


Commission establishes expert group on cancer control
[ 04-06-2014 ]


Commission gets the ball rolling on European Reference Networks
[ 26-05-2014 ]


EU and US progress in the fight against antimicrobial resistance
[ 13-05-2014 ]


Monitoring the safety of medicines: European Medicines Agency presents the Commission with its first report
[ 02-05-2014 ]


EU Member States make good progress on organ donation and transplantation, finds Commission report
[ 25-04-2014 ]


Scientific Opinion on Aluminium in cosmetic products published today
[ 11-04-2014 ]


Public consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Definition Primary Care by Health Expert Panel
[ 20-03-2014 ]


Scientific opinion on dental amalgam (update 2014)
[ 17-03-2014 ]


Health Expert Panel adopts first three opinions
[ 14-03-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary opinion on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants
[ 13-03-2014 ]


Kick-off meeting of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Joint Action (CANCON), Luxembourg, 11-13 March 2014
[ 11-03-2014 ]


Member States agree Plan to tackle Childhood Obesity
[ 28-02-2014 ]


Call for information on the safety of Silica (nano)
[ 11-02-2014 ]


First meeting of the Expert Group on Rare Diseases: 11-12 February 2014
[ 11-02-2014 ]


Registration now open for “Health in Europe, making it fairer”, Brussels, 18 March 2014
[ 07-02-2014 ]


Patient Safety: New EU Rapid Alert platform for human Blood and Blood Components
[ 06-02-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)
[ 04-02-2014 ]


Chronic Diseases Joint Action gets started at kick-off meeting in Madrid
[ 29-01-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on The safety of the use of bisphenol A in medical devices
[ 29-01-2014 ]


“Addressing health inequalities 2014 and beyond” – follow on Twitter and via web streaming!
[ 23-01-2014 ]


Most EU countries are falling short of seasonal flu vaccination targets, reveals EC report
[ 09-01-2014 ]


Preliminary Opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance
[ 13-12-2013 ]


Commission convenes high-level conference to take stock on anti-microbial resistance in Europe
[ 11-12-2013 ]


Health inequalities in the EU
[ 11-12-2013 ]


Patient safety and quality of care: Launch of public consultation
[ 06-12-2013 ]


Registration opens for conference “Addressing health inequalities 2014 and beyond: building cohesion and strengthening health for growth”, Brussels, 23 January 2014
[ 03-12-2013 ]


European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing 2nd Conference of Partners: “Scaling up for Healthy Growth”
[ 25-11-2013 ]


Member States take major step in eHealth cooperation to improve care for patients across EU borders
[ 20-11-2013 ]


Commission report highlights the potential of Personalised Medicine
[ 31-10-2013 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on The safety of Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) Silicone Breast Implants (2013 update)
[ 29-10-2013 ]


Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health: Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
[ 25-10-2013 ]


Commission participates in Lithuanian Presidency conference "Mental Health: Challenges and Possibilities", 10-11 October 2013
[ 11-10-2013 ]


Medicines undergoing additional monitoring: Video and leaflet to explain new symbol
[ 01-10-2013 ]


Public consultation on the draft Opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam
[ 26-09-2013 ]


"Quit Smoking With Barça" wins Silver at the Euro EFFIE Awards
[ 19-09-2013 ]



[ 09-09-2013 ]


Health inequalities: Gaps in life expectancy and infant mortality narrow across the EU
[ 09-09-2013 ]


Call for new members of the Commission
[ 06-09-2013 ]


Active & Healthy Ageing: Reference sites receive their stars!
[ 02-07-2013 ]


Proposal for fees for pharmacovigilance payable to the European Medicines Agency adopted today
[ 26-06-2013 ]


Medicines for children: more research, more availability and more information compared with 5 years ago
[ 24-06-2013 ]


Launch of the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013
[ 14-06-2013 ]


EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing – Dublin, June 13-14, 2013
[ 13-06-2013 ]


Adherence to medical plans in old age, a public concern at EU level
[ 11-06-2013 ]


Tobacco products proposal: Setting the record straight on 10 common myths
[ 30-05-2013 ]


High level meeting on HIV and Human Rights, 27-28 May, Brussels
[ 28-05-2013 ]


Members of "investing in health" expert panel nominated today
[ 22-05-2013 ]


High level conference addresses frailty in old age
[ 18-04-2013 ]


First plenary meeting of three Independent Scientific Committees
[ 11-04-2013 ]


Health Policy Forum focuses on investing in health
[ 09-04-2013 ]


New black triangle symbol for medicines subject to additional monitoring, adopted today!
[ 07-03-2013 ]


Report on Smoke-free Environments published today
[ 22-02-2013 ]


Investment in Health set as a priority in the Social Investment Package
[ 20-02-2013 ]


Launch of EU Rapid Alert platform for human Tissues and Cells
[ 01-02-2013 ]


Winners of fourth EU Health Prize for Journalists Announced
[ 30-01-2013 ]



Food and Feed Safety

EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 15-09-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 16-06-2014 ]


Join EFSA’s scientific panels
[ 13-05-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 05-03-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 13-09-2013 ]


Stay updated on the AMR roadmap
[ 11-07-2013 ]


Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package: “smarter rules for safer food”
[ 11-06-2013 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 11-06-2013 ]


Keeping dangerous food off the shelves : Commission publishes annual report on EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed
[ 10-06-2013 ]


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package – Smarter rules for safer food – 13 June 2013
[ 30-05-2013 ]


Commission publishes call for applications for the European Food Safety Authority
[ 27-05-2013 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 05-03-2013 ]


Impact Assessment findings on the establishment of fees for EFSA
[ 18-02-2013 ]



Animal Health and Welfare

TRACES newsletter - Issue n°3/2014
[ 29-07-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Edition n°3/2014
[ 29-07-2014 ]


World Veterinary Day - Global Webinar on Animal Welfare - 29 April 2014
[ 15-05-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Edition n°2/2014
[ 30-04-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°2/2014
[ 30-04-2014 ]


The Commission organises training workshop for vet practitioners on animal welfare
[ 03-04-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Edition n°1/2014
[ 27-03-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°1/2014
[ 27-03-2014 ]


European Commission announces Conference for Better Bee Health
[ 11-03-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°3/2013
[ 01-12-2013 ]


TRACES newsletter - Edition n°3/2013
[ 01-12-2013 ]


Honeybee Health: EU study provides more insight into the diversity of European beekeeping
[ 21-11-2013 ]


Combatting rabies in the EU and beyond
[ 27-09-2013 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°2/2013
[ 11-09-2013 ]


Lettre d´information TRACES - Edition n°2/2013
[ 11-09-2013 ]


The welfare of dogs and cats in the EU - "Building a Europe that cares for companion animals"
[ 04-09-2013 ]


Commission convenes workshop for veterinary practitioners on animal welfare
[ 21-08-2013 ]


Bee Health: EU takes additional measures on pesticides to better protect Europe’s bees
[ 16-07-2013 ]


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package – Smarter rules for safer food – 13 June 2013
[ 30-05-2013 ]


Enforcement of animal welfare during transport – Bringing best practices to light
[ 13-05-2013 ]


Lettre d´information TRACES - Edition n°1/2013
[ 16-04-2013 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°1/2013
[ 16-04-2013 ]


Commission to issue guidelines on the welfare of pigs
[ 25-03-2013 ]



Other Issues

Health and Consumers in EU enlargement countries
[ 20-06-2014 ]



Consumers

Rapex Weekly Report: report 38, 2014
[ 26-09-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 37, 2014
[ 19-09-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 36, 2014
[ 12-09-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 35, 2014
[ 05-09-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 34, 2014
[ 29-08-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 33, 2014
[ 22-08-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 32, 2014
[ 18-08-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 30, 2014
[ 04-08-2014 ]


Safety of Tourism Accommodation Services: launch of public consultation
[ 29-07-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 29, 2014
[ 28-07-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 25, 2014
[ 27-06-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 24, 2014
[ 20-06-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 23, 2014
[ 13-06-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 22, 2014
[ 06-06-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 21, 2014
[ 30-05-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 19, 2014
[ 16-05-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 18, 2014
[ 12-05-2014 ]


Vote for the winner of Inter-School Competition
[ 06-05-2014 ]


2014 International Product Safety Week
[ 04-04-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 11, 2014
[ 21-03-2014 ]


ECC Net publishes report on chargeback
[ 17-02-2014 ]


Public consultation on fragrance allergens
[ 13-02-2014 ]


Commission maintains safety requirements for cigarette lighters
[ 05-02-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 3, 2014
[ 24-01-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 2, 2014
[ 17-01-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 1, 2014
[ 10-01-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 42, 2013
[ 25-10-2013 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 41, 2013
[ 18-10-2013 ]


ECC-Net publishes trust marks report
[ 16-10-2013 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 40, 2013
[ 11-10-2013 ]



Consumers

Rapex Weekly Report: report 38, 2014
[ 26-09-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 37, 2014
[ 19-09-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 36, 2014
[ 12-09-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 35, 2014
[ 05-09-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 34, 2014
[ 29-08-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 33, 2014
[ 22-08-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 32, 2014
[ 18-08-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 30, 2014
[ 04-08-2014 ]


Safety of Tourism Accommodation Services: launch of public consultation
[ 29-07-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 29, 2014
[ 28-07-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 25, 2014
[ 27-06-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 24, 2014
[ 20-06-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 23, 2014
[ 13-06-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 22, 2014
[ 06-06-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 21, 2014
[ 30-05-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 19, 2014
[ 16-05-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 18, 2014
[ 12-05-2014 ]


Vote for the winner of Inter-School Competition
[ 06-05-2014 ]


2014 International Product Safety Week
[ 04-04-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 11, 2014
[ 21-03-2014 ]


ECC Net publishes report on chargeback
[ 17-02-2014 ]


Public consultation on fragrance allergens
[ 13-02-2014 ]


Commission maintains safety requirements for cigarette lighters
[ 05-02-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 3, 2014
[ 24-01-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 2, 2014
[ 17-01-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 1, 2014
[ 10-01-2014 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 42, 2013
[ 25-10-2013 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 41, 2013
[ 18-10-2013 ]


ECC-Net publishes trust marks report
[ 16-10-2013 ]


Rapex Weekly Report: report 40, 2013
[ 11-10-2013 ]



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