Horizon Scan of Synthetic Biology Developments for Microorganisms with application in the Agri‐Food Sector

First published in EFSA Supporting Publications
20 Marzo 2020
External Scientific Report

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The European Commission requested the European Food and Safety Authority for an opinion on genetically modified organisms for agri‐food uses and developed through synthetic biology (SynBio) and their implications for risk assessment methodologies. In preparing this opinion EFSA has asked RIVM to perform a horizon scan of SynBio developments with application in the agri‐food sector. Relevant SynBio cases were identified using a search strategy including scientific publications and grey literature, websites demonstrating commercial activities in synthetic biology, databases of regulatory agencies and iGEM projects. The outcome of this scan supports part of the terms of references of the EC mandate and EFSA in defining relevant case studies to consider during the drafting of the scientific opinion.

This publication is linked to the following EFSA Supporting Publications article: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/sp.efsa.2020.EN-1687/full

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