Scientific Committees

Final opinion on Synthetic Biology

Final Opinion on

Synthetic Biology I


On 06 June 2014 the European Commission and the Scientific Committees on Consumer safety (SCCS), on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) and on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have launched the public consultation on the first preliminary opinion on Synthetic Biology – Definition.

Synthetic Biology's application 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, with this opinion aim to establish what Synthetic Biology is, what is its relationship to the genetic modification of organisms and what are the essential requirements of a science-based, operational definition of “Synthetic Biology”

Final opinion