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Parliamentary questions
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10 February 2020
E-000791/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mazaly Aguilar
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Regulating gene drives

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?

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