Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
This is the last in a set of three scientific Opinions on Synthetic Biology (SynBio). It addresses specific risks to the environment from SynBio organisms, processes and products, partly in the context of Decision XI/11 of the Convention of Biodiversity (CBD), identifies major gaps in knowledge to be considered for performing a reliable risk assessment and provides research recommendations resulting from gaps identified..
The Scientific Committees confined the scope of their analysis to the foreseeable future, acknowledging that its findings should be reviewed and updated again after several years, depending on the development of the SynBio technology. Outside the scope of the current mandates are specific, thorough analyses of social, governance, ethical and security implications as well as human embryonic research.