Scientific Committees

Final opinion on Synthetic Biology II

Final Opinion on
Synthetic Biology II
Risk assessment methodologies and safety aspects

This Opinion concentrates on the methodology to determine what, if any, risks synthetic biology (SynBio) may potentially pose to public health. It addresses five questions focused on the implications of likely developments in SynBio on human and animal health and the environment and on determining whether existing health and environmental risk assessment practices of the European Union for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are also adequate for SynBio. Additionally, the SCs were asked to provide suggestions for revised risk assessment methods and risk mitigation procedures, including safety locks.

 Final opinion