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Access and Benefit Sharing

Legislation

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).

 

Bulgaria

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
e-mail: cabinet.minister@moew.government.bg
website: http://www.moew.government.bg/?&lang=en

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
website: http://www.mzh.government.bg/mzh/en/Home.aspx

Ministry of Economy (for genetic resources from industrial microorganisms, viruses and cell cultures)
8 Slavyanska Str., 1000 Sofia
Tel: +359 2 940 70 01
website: http://old.mee.government.bg/eng/

Denmark

Danish Environmental Protection Agency,
Ministry of Environment and Food, Haraldsgade 53, Copenhagen 2100
Tel: +45 72 54 30 00
e-mail: mst@mst.dk
website: http://mst.dk/

Estonia

Ministry of the Environment
Narva mnt 7a, 15172 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: (+372) 6262 802
E-mail: keskkonnaministeerium@envir.ee
website: http://www.envir.ee/en

Ministry of Rural Affairs
Lai tn 39 // Lai tn 41, 15056 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: (+372) 625 6101
E-mail: info@agri.ee
website: https://www.agri.ee/en

Ministry of Education and Research
Munga 18, Tartu 50088
Tel: (+372) 735 0222
E-mail: hm@hm.ee
website: https://www.hm.ee/en

Finland

The Finnish Environment Institute
Mechelininkatu 34a, PO box 140, 00251 Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0)295 251 000
Email: Kirjaamo.Syke@ymparisto.fi
katileena.lohtander-buckbee@ymparisto.fi
website: www.syke.fi

Natural Resources Institute Finland
Viikinkaari 4, 00790 Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0)295 326 000
Email: kirjaamo@luke.fi
mari.rusanen@luke.fi

website: www.luke.fi
France

Ministry for an ecological and solidary transition
1 Place Carpeaux, 92055 La Défense
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 81 21 22
Email: apa@developpement-durable.gouv.fr
website: www.ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr

Ministry for Higher education, Research and Innovation
1 rue Descartes, 75231 Paris Cedex 05
Email: si.apa@recherche.gouv.fr
website: http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/pid28966/encadrement-reglementaire-des-pratiques-de-recherche.html

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
Email: Nagoya-CNA@bfn.de
Web: http://abs.bfn.de

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
e-mail: orszagos@zoldhatosag.hu
website: http://orszagoszoldhatosag.gov.hu/
Lithuania

Ministry of Environment (main Competent Authority)
A. Jakšto g. 4, LT-01105 Vilnius
Tel. +370 7 066 36 61
Email info@am.lt.
Website: www.am.lt

Ministry of Agriculture
Gedimino Ave.19, LT-01103 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel. +370 5 239 11 11
Fax +370 5 239 12 12
Email: zum@zum.lt
Website: https://zum.lrv.lt/en/

Ministry of Health
Vilniaus str. 33, LT-01506
Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel. +370 5 268 5110
Fax +370 5 266 1402
Email: ministerija@sam.lt
Website: http://sam.lrv.lt/en/

Malta

Plant Health Directorate
110, Annibale Preca Street,
Lija LJA1915
Tel: +356 2292 6501 or +356 2292 6500
Email: sharlo.camilleri@gov.mt

Website: www.planthealth.gov.mt
Netherlands

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
Email: k.vanseeters@minez.nl

Website: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/natuur-en-biodiversiteit/inhoud/internationale-bescherming-biodiversiteit
Poland Ministry of Environment,
Wawelska 52/54, 00-922 Warszawa
Tel: +48 22 36 92 479
e-mail: abs@mos.gov.pl
website: http://biodiv.gdos.gov.pl/protokol-z-nagoi
Portugal Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests,
Avenida da República, 16 a 16 b
1050-191 Lisboa
Tel.: (+351) 213 507 900 (ext: 51705)
e-mail: abs@icnf.pt; dpai@icnf.pt
website: http://www.icnf.pt/portal/pn/biodiversidade/ei/cbd/regul-abs

Romania

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
e-mail: office@anpm.ro
website: http://www.anpm.ro

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
e-mail: sizp@sizp.sk
website: http://www.sizp.sk/
Slovenia

Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning (competent for genetic resources of species of wild flora and fauna + associated research/programme funding and use of traditional knowledge) (for due diligence declarations)
Dunajska 48
1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 1 478 70 00
e-mail: gp.mop@gov.si
Website: http://www.mop.gov.si/en/

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (competent for genetic resources for agriculture, forestry and food + associated research/programme funding and use of traditional knowledge)
Dunajska 22
1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 1 478 00 00
e-mail: gp.mkgp@gov.si
Website: http://www.mkgp.gov.si/en/

Ministry of Health (competent for genetic resources for pharmaceuticals and health + associated research/programme funding and use of traditional knowledge)
Stefanova 5
1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 1 478 6001
e-mail: gp.mz@gov.si
Website: http://www.mz.gov.si/en/

Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) (competent for research/programme funding on genetic resources and use of traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources)
Bleiweisova cesta 30, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 1 400 5910
Fax: +386 1 400 5957
e-mail: GlavnaPisarna@arrs.si

Website: www.arrs.gov.si
Spain

Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, Dirección General de Calidad y Evaluación Ambiental y Medio Natural, Plaza de San Juan de la Cruz s/n, 28071 Madrid

Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía, Dirección General de Gestión del Medio Natural y Espacios Protegidos, Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio, Avda Manuel Siurot 50, 41071 Sevilla

Comunidad Autónoma de Aragón, Servicios Provinciales del Departamento de Desarrollo Rural y Sostenibilidad

Comunidad Autónoma del Principado de Asturias, Director General de Recursos Naturales, Consejería de Desarrollo Rural y Recursos Naturales, C/ Trece Rosas, 2-3ª Planta, sector izquierdo, 33013 Oviedo

Comunidad Autónoma de las Illes Balears, Consejero titular en materia de medio ambiente del Gobierno Balear, Consejería de Medio Ambiente, Agricultura y Pesca, C/ Gremi de Corredors 10 (Polígon Son Rossinyol), 07009 Palma

Comunidad Autónoma de Canarias:
Controles sobre los usuarios y notificación de medidas de rectificación: Dirección General de Protección de la Naturaleza, Consejería de Política Territorial, Sostenibilidad y Seguridad, Edificio de Usos Múltiples I, planta 4ª, Avenida de Anaga 35, 38071 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Sanciones: Agencia de Protección del Medio Urbano y Natural, C/ Rambla de Santa Cruz 149, 35071 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Comunidad Autónoma de Cantabria, Dirección General de Medio Natural, Consejería de Medio Rural, Pesca y Alimentación, C/ Albert Einstein 2, 39011 Santander

Comunidad de Castilla y León, Dirección General de Medio Natural, Consejería de Fomento y Medio Ambiente, C/ Rigoberto Cortejoso 14, 47014 Valladolid

Comunidad Autónoma de Castilla-La Mancha, Dirección General de Política Forestal y Espacios Naturales, Consejería de Agricultura, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo Rural, C/ Pza Cardenal Siliceo 2, 45071 Toledo

Comunidad Autónoma de Cataluña, Dirección General de Políticas Ambientales y Medio Natural, Departamento de Territorio y Sostenibilidad, Avda Diagonal 523-525, 08029 Barcelona

Ciudad Autónoma de Ceuta, Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Sostenibilidad, C/ Teniente Olmo 2, Planta 3ª, 51001 Ceuta

Comunidad Autónoma de Extremadura, Dirección General de Medio Ambiente, Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Rural, Políticas Agrarias y Territorio, Avda Luis Ramallo s/n, 06800 Mérida (Badajoz)

Comunidad Autónoma de Galicia, Dirección General del Patrimonio Natural, Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio, C/ San Lázaro s/n, 15781 Santiago de Compostela (La Coruña)

Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid, Director General del Medio Ambiente, Consejería de Medio Ambiente, Administración Local y Ordenación del Territorio, C/ Alcalá 16, 28014 Madrid

Ciudad Autónoma de Melilla, Coordinación de Medio Ambiente, Consejería de Coordinación y Medio Ambiente, Plaza de España s/n, 1ª planta, 52006 Melilla

Comunidad Foral de Navarra, Director del Servicio de Medio Natural, Dirección General de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio, Departamento de Desarrollo Rural, Medio Ambiente y Administración Local, C/ González Tablas 9, 31005 Pamplona

Comunidad Autónoma de La Rioja, Dirección General de Medio Natural, Consejería de Agricultura, Ganadería y Medio Ambiente, C/ Prado Viejo 62 Bis, 26071 Logroño

Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia, Oficina de Impulso Socioeconómico del Medio Ambiente, Consejería de Agua, Agricultura y Medio Ambiente, C/ Catedrático Eugenio Ubeda 3, 30071 Murcia

Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco, Departamento de Medio Ambiente, Planificación Territorial y Vivienda, C/Donostia 1, 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz

Comunidad Valenciana, Director General de Medio Natural y de Evaluación Ambiental, Consejería de Agricultura, Medio Ambiente, Cambio Climático y Desarrollo Rural, Ciudad Administrativa 9 d`Octubre, Torre 1, C/ Castán Tobeñas 77, 46018 Valencia

Sweden Swedish Environmental Protection Agency,
Valhallavägen 195, SE-106 48 Stockholm
Tel: + 46 10 698 10 00
e-mail: registrator@naturvardsverket.se ; registrator@swedishepa.se
website: http://www.swedishepa.se/

UK

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

Email: abs@nmro.gov.uk  
website:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/abs

 

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.

With regard to the monitoring of user compliance, a web-based application (DECLARE) was created to allow users' submission of due diligence declarations online. The manual for users of DECLARE provides an explanation on its use.

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 on Cosmetics, Animal Breeding, Plant Breeding, Biocontrol, Pharmaceuticals, Food and Feed, Biotechnologies and Upstream Actors (Collections and Research) is being developed.