Call for Data for Update on the latest scientific developments of Animal Cloning (with particular reference to Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, SCNT)

9 July 2010

The European Commission has requested an update from EFSA on the current status of possible scientific developments in the area of cloning farmed animals for food production purposes. This work follows on from the statement that EFSA provided in July 2009 and the Scientific Committee opinion of 2008.

EFSA is asked to consider existing data about the health and welfare of clones during their production life and natural life span.

Call for Data
To fulfil the European Commission’s mandate, EFSA is publishing this Call for Data seeking scientific contributions from third parties. Specifically, EFSA is seeking information which has become available since June 2009. Such data could refer to new scientific publications, as well as to scientific information which is not yet published.

EFSA encourages submission of peer reviewed data which it regards as the most relevant and reliable documents. Non peer reviewed data will be considered if they are based on scientific evidence and if they meet adequate quality standards, e.g. publications “in press”, technical reports or other scientific documents or data.

EFSA would appreciate receiving new data (since June 2009) on food producing species, in the following area:

  • Health and welfare of animal clones during their production life and taking into consideration their production life and natural life span;

EFSA is also seeking information in relation other aspects that are relevant to the area and for any food producing species. Such information could relate to:

  • Health and welfare of the surrogate mother and the animal clone;
  • What extent epigenetic dysregulation occurring in clones is transmitted to progeny (offspring);
  • Characterisation of the genetic make-up of animal clones, considering both intranuclear and extranuclear (mitochondrial) genetic material;
  • Comparative physiology of clones and conventional animals, including reproductive capacity;
  • Safety of consumption of animal clones and their products (meat, milk products, eggs), including compositional and nutritional characteristics;
  • Information on the causes of pathologies and mortality observed in clones during the gestational and juvenile periods and those observed at a lower frequency in adulthood;
  • Information related to the areas above on the offspring of animal clones.

Submission of Data:

Address questions or comments referring to the Call for Data, and submission of data (preferably by e-mail) to:

Dr. David Carlander
Scientific Officer
Scientific Committee and Advisory Forum Unit
European Food Safety Authority
Largo N. Palli 5a
43100 Parma

8 June 2010