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I wish to access genetic resources in a foreign country that is not Party to the Nagoya Protocol. What are my obligations?

  19 Feb 2019

Regardless if a country is a Party to the Nagoya Protocol, they may have relevant ABS rules and procedures in place regarding access to their genetic resources and/or associated traditional knowledge. Potential users are encouraged to contact the ABS national focal points in that country to find more information and the requirements to access genetic resources and/or associated traditional knowledge. 

In addition, users that are based in countries that are party to the Nagoya Protocol should make sure that their activities comply with their national ABS legislation. For example, many country have compliance measures in place to ensure that users of genetic resources within its jurisdiction comply with the ABS requirements of countries providing the genetic resources.  In this regard, users are also encouraged to browse the information on the ABS Clearing-House and contact their national focal point for more information. 

The contact details of the ABS national focal points, as well as, relevant national information can be found on the ABS Clearing-House country profile pages: https://absch.cbd.int/countries/.