The use of new genetic technologies in human beings: need for a common regulatory framework

PACE has asked the Committee of Ministers to urge the member States to put in place a ban on establishing a pregnancy using germline cells or human embryos which have undergone intentional genome editing, stressing that the current scientific consensus is that the use of such new genetic technologies in human beings is not “safe”.

In its recommendation, based on a report by Petra De Sutter (Belgium, SOC), PACE proposed that the Committee of Ministers should foster a public debate on this issue; instruct the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics to assess the ethical and legal challenges; and develop a common regulatory and legal framework.

According to the adopted text, the member States should develop a clear position on the use of new genetic technologies, setting the limits and promoting good practices.