The terms of reference for the initial phase of this project were:
- To identify and define ethical questions relating to developments in genome editing research.
- To review institutional, national and international policies and provisions relevant to genome editing, and to assess their current and likely future significance.
- To deliberate and to draw conclusions, as appropriate, about the nature of the ethical questions raised and how they might most suitably be addressed.
- To report on these matters and to make recommendations, as appropriate, for further initiatives by the Council or by other identified bodies, or for the development or revision of policy or legislation.