EU Needs More Robust Regulatory Assessments in Place for Gene Drives

A study finds that the EU’s current GMO regulatory provisions are insufficient to cover the potential environmental, human and animal health risks of releases of gene drive organisms into the environment and calls for more robust assessments to be developed. […]

Why Gene-Edited Organisms Must Undergo Mandatory Risk Assessment and Ethical Oversight

This overview outlines the possible impacts that genome editing can have and calls for all organisms derived from all applications of SDN-1 and SDN-2 to undergo mandatory risk assessment along with social and ethical oversight. […]

Need for ‘Cut-Off Criteria’ to Prevent the Uncontrolled Spread of Gene Drive Organisms

To control the risks of gene drives, ‘cut-off criteria’ need to be defined to prevent the uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered gene drive organisms. […]

Risk Assessment Challenges of Synthetic Gene Drive Organisms

Our understanding of any potential adverse impacts of gene drive organisms on the environment or human health is limited by critical knowledge gaps and uncertainties with regard to both intended and unintended effects, preventing conduct of robust and reliable risk assessments. […]

Better Risk Assessment Needed for GE Plants That Can Persist and Propagate in the Environment

A new peer reviewed paper addresses specific environmental risks associated with GE plants that can spread and propagate in the environment, leading to next generation effects that could increase risks to biodiversity. […]

European Risk Assessment Standards Deemed Insufficient to Determine Safety of GMOs

Current standards of risk assessment in the EU and Switzerland are deemed insufficient to determine the safety of GMOs. Instead, the precautionary principle needs to be applied far more consistently and comprehensively. […]

New Report Reveals Substantial Gaps in European Risk Assessment of GMOs

A report on the risk assessment of GMOs in the EU and Switzerland reveals substantial gaps, concluding that current standards of risk assessment are not sufficient to fulfil the legal requirements of determining the safety of GMOs or the food and feed derived thereof. […]

The Need for Better Risk Governance of Gene-Edited Products

This paper identifies the challenges posed by new and emerging gene-editing techniques, as well as recommends improvements to GM risk governance research and practice. […]

Biosafety Protocol agrees important work on risk assessment of GMOs

Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety have adopted a decision that puts its important risk assessment work firmly back on track, after previous setbacks […]

Novel Features of Gene Drives Warrant Advanced Risk and Technology Assessments

An understanding of the novel features of gene drive organisms is necessary to evaluate their impacts on the environment.Current risk assessment approaches may need to be updated and adapted, and complemented with a broader technology assessment approach. […]