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Access and Benefit Sharing


EU ABS Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization in the Union was adopted on 16 April 2014. Implementing the mandatory elements of the Nagoya Protocol in the European Union, it entered into force on 9 June 2014 and applies from the date the Nagoya Protocol itself entered into force for the Union, i.e. 12 October 2014.

For information on possible access measures adopted by EU Member States, please consult their country profile on the international ABS Clearing-House.

Designated Competent Authorities under the Regulation EU (No) 511/2014

The following designated Competent Authorities in the EU Member States are responsible for implementing the EU ABS Regulation (new information will be added here as soon as it is communicated to the Commission).



Ministry of Environment and Water (for genetic resources from natural flora and fauna)(for due diligence declarations)
22 Maria Louiza Blvd, Sofia 1000
Tel: +359 2 940 61 94

Ministry of Agriculture and Food (for agricultural and forestry genetic resources)
55, Hristo Botev Blvd, 1040 Sofia
Tel: +3592 985 11 858 or +359 2 985 11 384

Ministry of Economy (for genetic resources from industrial microorganisms, viruses and cell cultures)
8 Slavyanska Str., 1000 Sofia
Tel: +359 2 940 70 01


Danish Environmental Protection Agency,
Ministry of Environment and Food, Haraldsgade 53, Copenhagen 2100
Tel: +45 72 54 30 00


The Finnish Environment Institute
Mechelininkatu 34a, PO box 140, 00251 Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0)295 251 000

Natural Resources Institute Finland
Viikinkaari 4, 00790 Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0)295 326 000

Germany Federal Agency for Nature Conservation/ Bundesamt für Naturschutz

Fachgebiet I 1.4 "Vollzug Nagoya-Protokoll"
Division I 1.4 "Competent National Authority for the Nagoya Protocol"
Konstantinstr. 110, 53179 Bonn
Tel.: 0228/8491-1380, -1381, -1311
Fax: 0228/8491-1319

Hungary National Inspectorate for Environment, Nature and Water
Mészáros utca 58/a, 1016 Budapest (postal address: Pf. 675, 1539 Budapest)
Tel: +36 1 224 9100 fax: +36 1 224 9163

Ministry of Environment (main Competent Authority)
A. Jakšto g. 4, LT-01105 Vilnius
Tel. +370 7 066 36 61

Ministry of Agriculture
Gedimino Ave.19, LT-01103 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel. +370 5 239 11 11
Fax +370 5 239 12 12

Ministry of Health
Vilniaus str. 33, LT-01506
Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel. +370 5 268 5110
Fax +370 5 266 1402


Plant Health Directorate
110, Annibale Preca Street,
Lija LJA1915
Tel: +356 2292 6501 or +356 2292 6500


Ministerie van Economische Zaken / Ministry of Economic Affairs
Bezuidenhoutseweg 73, 2594 AC Den Haag
Post address: Postbus 20401, 2500 EK Den Haag
Tel: +31 70 379 8911

Poland Ministry of Environment,
Wawelska 52/54, 00-922 Warszawa
Tel: +48 22 36 92 479


National Environmental Protection Agency,
Splaiul Independentei, nr.294, Corp B, Sector 6, Bucharest, Cod 060031
Tel: +40 (0)21-207.11.01; (0)21-207.11.02
fax: (0)21-207.11.03

Slovak Republic Slovak Environmental Inspectorate (Slovenská inšpekcia životného prostredia)
Jeséniova 17D, 831 01 Bratislava
Tel.: 00 421 2654 22 408
Fax.: 00 421 2593 04 191

Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning (competent for genetic resources of species of wild flora and fauna) (for due diligence declarations)
Dunajska 48
1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 1 478 70 00

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (competent for genetic resources for agriculture, forestry and food)
Dunajska 22
1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 1 478 00 00

Ministry of Health (competent for genetic resources for pharmaceuticals and health)
Stefanova 5
1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 1 478 6001

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (competent for research on genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources)
Masarykova 16 1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 1 400 5400

Sweden Swedish Environmental Protection Agency,
Valhallavägen 195, SE-106 48 Stockholm
Tel: + 46 10 698 10 00
e-mail: ;


Regulatory Delivery,
Stanton Avenue, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 OJZ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 7227 



Commission Implementing Regulation

The Implementing Regulation contains measures on some specific aspects, as provided for in the EU ABS Regulation, in particular registered collections, best practices and monitoring of user compliance. It was adopted by the Commission on 13 October 2015, with entry into force on 9 November 2015.

The Implementing Regulation was developed with the support of the EU Member States' representatives in the ABS Committee. Before presenting its draft Regulation to the Committee, the Commission also gathered input from stakeholders on a discussion paper and its annexes reflecting ideas to be included in the draft. Subsequently stakeholders were invited to submit written comments on the paper. Some 50 organisations participated in this targeted consultation (click on the links in the list to see written submissions). The Commission prepared short summaries of stakeholders' written submissions and of its proposal for taking into account the views expressed during the consultation.

Register of recognised best practices

"Best practices" in the sense of the ABS Regulation (Art. 8) are procedures, tools or mechanisms, developed and overseen by associations of users or other interested parties, which – when effectively implemented – help users of genetic resources to comply with the obligations of the EU ABS Regulation. The procedural requirements for the recognition of best practices are set out in the Implementing Regulation. Once recognised as such by the Commission, best practices will be included in a dedicated register.

Register of collections

The procedural requirements for the registration of collections of genetic resources (Art. 5 of the EU ABS Regulation) are set out in the Implementing Regulation. Once Member States have recognised any collections under these provisions, they will be included in a dedicated register.

Guidance documents and Consultation Forum

A guidance document on the scope of the EU ABS Regulation has been adopted on 22 August 2016 and published in the Official Journal on 27 August 2016. A report on utilisation practices among the upstream actors (collections, researchers at universities, etc), prepared by a contractor, was one of the many elements that fed into this guidance document. The issues raised in the guidance document were discussed in the Consultation Forum, the first meeting of which was held in January 2016.

Additional sectorial guidance documents on Cosmetics, Animal Breeding, Plant Breeding, Biocontrol, Pharmaceuticals, Food and Feed, Biotechnologies and Upstream Actors are being developed.