Regulating gene drives
Question for written answer E-000791/2020
to the Commission
Mazaly Aguilar (ECR)
Research groups have recently managed to develop organisms with gene drives in a laboratory. EU law already regulates organisms that have been genetically modified through the introduction of genes that are not present in the genome of the host organism.
Can the Commission confirm that gene drive organisms are regulated under Directive 2001/18/EC and that their release into the environment is subject to prior authorisation?
Is there any evidence to support the concern that gene drive organisms can be released into the environment without permission?
Is the Commission aware of any plans to release gene drive organisms in the EU over the next few years?