Nagoya Protocol implementation updates

To what extent the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol is progressing within the countries, being parties or not? Here are few updates: Malaysian player:The bill on ABS is at the Attorney’s General Office for last review, according to an article published January 8th, 2017 here. Prof. Gurdial Singh Nijar in the Sundaily attending the COP13 […]

Disclosure requirements in IP applications

As soon as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been created and the Nagoya Protocol was under discussion, parallel discussions were and still are ongoing on how patent policies can reflect the Objectives of the CBD. The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) works with its members to find consensus on the formulation of a […]

ABS updates and Biopiracy examples

As often mentioned in my posts related to ABS, things are moving but rather slowly. However, I wanted to share with you the last CBD Magazine that gives an overview of actions, partnerships taken to support the Nagoya Protocol Implementation. In the issue we can read about: the EU regulation: State pf play, Challenges and […]

Oct 15: ABS updates and steps forward

Even if we know that the implementation of ABS practices are not easy due to various factors such as: National regulation under development, which uncertainties in the current daily processes; Real implementation at the national level: how does the regulation actually work? who is the competent authority? and if none, who should we contact?, etc. […]

ABS updates from the 2015 UEBT Conference

Thanks to the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) expertise on Access and Benefit Sharing, we had the opportunity to receive some updates on ABS during the 7th Edition of the ‘Beauty of Sourcing with Respect’ Conference. Several countries presented their work and where they stand on the development/revision of their national regulation. I will provide […]

UK regulation on ABS – Approved in March 2015

When looking into different EU members, we can see that there are different approaches. For example, France developed a detailed legal framework based on the EU regulation but redefining some of the aspects with regards to access to the Genetic Resource. While Norway or UK did no revamp the EU regulation but used it as […]

Brazilian revised ABS law goes back the Deputy chamber

In February 2015, the Brazilian law has been approved by the Deputy chamber and sent to the Senat for its approval on April 14th. The main changes of the Brazilian framework compared to the previous text are the following: Prior authorization will be done electronically instead of passing by the CGEN; Benefit sharing arising from […]

Upcoming Brazilian and French ABS laws

France: The French National Assembly voted on March 18th the new law with regards to biodiversity and reflecting the Nagoya Protocol implementation in France. This law ratifies the creations of the new French Agency for Biodiversity (AFB). This agency will be responsible for the implementation of the respecting law and therefore will be the main […]

Philippines and Nagoya Protocol

A short post to let you know the Philippines are strongly studying how they would implement the Nagoya Protocol. (…)Paje said the protocol could be the country’s shield against biopiracy, or the commercial exploitation or monopolization of biological or genetic material like medicinal plant extracts, usually without compensating the indigenous peoples or countries from which […]

Learnings and pending questions on NP Implementation

End of January, the ABS Capacity Development Initiative organised its 4th Business Dialogue. The aim of this conference is to create an environment where regulators and private sectors can share their views with regards to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. It was my first time in this conference and I must say that it […]