Access to Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge and Sharing the Benefits arising from their Utilization (ABS)

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The regulations on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)  and the Nagoya Protocol (NP) concern all types of research – industrial as well as academic – that make use of genetic resources of plant, animal bacterial  or other origin and/or of traditional knowledge associated to these resources.

Therefore, as an academic scientist doing research with biological material from abroad, you may also be affected by Access and Benefit-sharing requirements. You are obliged to comply with domestic ABS regulations of the country (that is a Party to the CBD, NP) that provides the genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge and of the Party where you take the material to be analysed, for instance Switzerland.

If legislation in the country providing the genetic resources is missing, researchers have an ethical responsibility to apply for access to the genetic resources and to share the benefits, as is the custom in Good Scientific Practice. 

Switzerland has ratified the CBD, the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA). Corresponding legislation is in place and applies also to academic research.

As an academic research institution you are responsible that your scientists comply with the ABS requirements.


The website offers:

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An overview of Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing (ABS) and its implications for academic research
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Good practice

The publication provides advice for scientists and research institutions in planning and executing research projects that include genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. It clarifies requirements of the Convention of Biological Diversity, its Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. It also explains the Swiss regulations implementing the Nagoya Protocol.
Produits Forum Biodiversite

Agreement toolbox

This manual contains a set of model clauses that enables users and providers of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge to set up a contract that is adapted to the individual academic research situation. If mutually negotiated and agreed upon by the involved partners it ca yield a "Mutually Agreed Terms" ABS contract

  • Eventi
  • Notizie
  • Pubblicazioni

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Biodiversity conservation
  • Conferenza pubblica
  • Bern

Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing: Rights and duties in scientific research

- Participants are informed about the ABS system, the Nagoya Protocol and its implementation in Switzerland
- Participants know the consequences of the Nagoya Protocol for scientific research
- Participants are aware of the rights and duties relating to Nagoya Protocol
- Participants are informed about the supporting tools and know how to proceed
South Center
  • 2016
  • Articolo

Innovation and Global Intellectual Property Regulatory Regimes: The Tension between Protection and Access

The South Centre recently published Research Paper No. 67: "Innovation and Global Intellectual Property Regulatory Regimes: The Tension between Protection and Access", authored by Nirmalya Syam and Viviana Munoz Tellez.
News Entrée en vigueur ordonnance de Nagoya
  • 10.02.2016
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Notizie

Entry into force of the Nagoya Ordinance

The Nagoya Ordinance came into force on 1 February 2016. The SNSF has added sections on Access and Benefit Sharing to its application forms.
Science et politique (P. Blanc)
  • 21.01.2015
  • Notizie

La biodiversité est entrée en politique

Il s’agit aujourd’hui d’aller à l’essentiel: la Suisse se trouve en plein débat pour définir comment elle mettra en oeuvre la Stratégie Biodiversité Suisse, adoptée par le Conseil fédéral en 2012. Des chercheurs se sont réunis le 16 janvier 2015 avec des personnes de la politique, de l’administration et des ONG lors du congrès «Biodiversité et politique : créer une dynamique» pour discuter des stratégies gagnantes. Près de 220 scientifiques et experts ont répondu à l’invitation du Forum Biodiversité Suisse.


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Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries

La KFPE è il punto d’informazione centrale per la ricerca del nord e del sud in Svizzera sia per i ricercatori sia per i destinatari della ricerca. S’impegna per una collaborazione di ricerca efficiente ed efficace su un piano di parità con paesi in via di sviluppo e in fase di transizione. Così contribuisce allo sviluppo duraturo e alla soluzione di problemi globali.


Swiss legal documents (English, German, French, Italian)

Swiss Nagoya Protocol Website

Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing House (ABSCH)