EFSA's Scientific Committee has launched an open consultation on its draft opinion "Evaluation of existing guidelines for their adequacy for the microbial characterisation and environmental risk assessment of micro-organisms obtained through synthetic biology". This document proposes answers to the request from the European Commission, to consider synthetic biology developments for agri-food use in the near future and if the use of this technology is expected to constitute potential risks and hazards for the environment. The adequacy of existing guidelines for risk assessment has been evaluated by this draft Opinion, which is endorsed by the Scientific Committee for public consultation. Also updated guidance is suggested where needed. The scope of this draft Opinion is limited to living synthetic biology micro-organisms (SynBioM) expected to be deliberately released into the environment.
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 04/06/2020 (extended deadline). Please use the electronic template provided to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. To submit additional data to support your comments or files, there is an upload function available in the tool (for a maximum size of 1Mb file). Otherwise you can also contact specific unit’s functional mailbox SCER.PublicConsult.EUS.005 [at] efsa.europa.eu. Please note that comments will not be considered if they:
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