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Synthetic biology regulation in Europe: containment, release and beyond

Category: Perspective article
  • Who this content is intended for: everyone
  • Keywords: synthetic biology, article, regulation, Europe, regulatory frameworks

Details: Article published in 2023 in the journal Synthetic Biology. In Europe, regulatory frameworks involved are rooted in historical concepts based on containment and release. Through a series of case studies, the authors explore the implications that this regulatory and conceptual divide has had on the deployment of synthetic biology projects in different national contexts. They also consider some of the broader impacts that regulation can have on the development of synthetic biology as a field, not only in Europe but also globally, with a particular emphasis on low- and middle-income countries. They propose that future regulatory adaptability would be increased by moving away from a containment and release dichotomy and toward a more comprehensive assessment that accounts for the possibility of varying degrees of ‘contained release’.

Reference: Lalitha S Sundaram, James W Ajioka, Jennifer C Molloy, Synthetic biology regulation in Europe: containment, release and beyond, Synthetic Biology, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2023, ysad009