Accessing genetic resources: ABS procedures on the ABS Clearing-House

Published on
September 18, 2020

An increasing number of countries publish their ABS procedures on the ABS Clearing-House. These national records provide concise information on how users can apply for access to the country’s genetic resources and traditional knowledge.

The aim of the ABS procedures is to provide an overview of the application process, including details about where to apply, application requirements, a step-by-step description of the procedure, required documents and whether there are application fees.

Currently, sixteen countries have published ABS procedures: Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, France, India, Kenya, Malta, Peru, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Uruguay and Zimbabwe. The ABS procedures can be accessed through the β€˜Country profiles’ under β€˜PRO’ and through this Search page.