The ABS Focal Point of the Netherlands provides guidance for seeking access to resources from the Netherlands and abroad, gives background information on international rules and Dutch policy, and explains terms that are often used. This information is relevant to all individuals, organisations (such as universities and other research organisations) and companies using genetic resources.
For general questions you can use the e-mail address NagoyaNL@wur.nl.
Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) refers to the international and national regulation of access to and use of genetic resources and traditional knowledge, and the sharing of benefits stemming from this use between providers and users.
The Nagoya Protocol, aimed at providing a transparent legal framework for ABS, entered into force on 12 October 2014. It is implemented in the European Union through Regulation (EU) 511/2014, which entered into force on the same date. On 27 August 2016, a Guidance document was published by the European Commission on the scope of application and the core obligations of Regulation (EU) 511/2014. On 12 January 2021, a revised Guidance document was published by the EC, providing more detailed information and practical examples on the scope of application and the core user obligations of Regulation (EU) 511/2014.
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