Gene Edited Plants Locked Out of the EU

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 07 2018

The EU has taken a tougher stance against plants created by new breeding technologies, which will impact breeding efforts there.


The European Court of Justice has ruled that plants created through gene editing, such as CRISPR-Cas9 and others, are subject to the laws restricting genetically modified organism (GMO) use. This falls in line with EU’s traditional precautionary approach to regulations. The Court took the view that plants created by mutagenesis are GMOs, according the EU’s GMO Directive. This was contrary to the opinion of the Court’...

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