A Vision for a Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium

Michal Glaldzicki, Sarah Munro, Patrick Boyle, Jeff Ubersax

The promise of synthetic biology to be instrumental in improving global quality of life and economic security can not be realized if there is not a concerted effort to transform synthetic biology innovations into useful, safe, and affordable products. As synthetic biology continues to develop, growing numbers of government and non-government organizations have focused on how synthetic biology could be used to responsibly improve global quality of life while considering environmental and health safety issues. This action plan proposes the development of measurement, performance, and safety standards for synthetic biology by a multi-stakeholder consortium as an effective way of ensuring the responsible development and wide acceptance of this technology.