CETAF CODE OF CONDUCT ON ABS FEATURES IN PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE ON RESEARCH LIMITATIONS IN THE ABS CONTEXT
The CETAF Code of Conduct and best practices on Access and Benefit-Sharing appeared as exemplary tool in an peer reviewed article published recently in Organisms Diversity & Evolution, titled ‘Global biodiversity research tied up by juridical interpretations of access and benefit sharing’. Following lead author Dirk Neumann of the Bavarian Natural History Collections, the article makes the case that the implementation of access and benefit sharing regulations of genetic resources have had a hampering effect on biological research.
To illustrate this, the authors argue that the transfer of biological material and its associated data is often confronted with very restrictive and complex regulations that also use vague definitions, leading to even further confusion on what the legal framework is prescribing. As a consequence, international collaboration, biodiversity research and its applications in monitoring, biocontrol and food safety are exposed to a range of adverse effects that the legal framework is engendering. These aspects are therefore put at risk since basic research in conservation and biodiversity sciences are not being promoted but are rather curtailed by the ABS framework.
In the context of ABS best practices, CETAF is mentioned in the article alongside the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) as example organisations for putting forward standards for ABS management and for monitoring exchange and practices of specimen collections. The CETAF Code of Conduct and annexed best practices is therefore shown as a way to illustrate the successful development of a community-based tool inside the European Union as it awaits official recognition under EU ABS regulation.
This article was written by nine authors - seven of which come from CETAF institutions - led by Dirk Neumann of the Bavarian Natural History Collections, who also co-chairs the CETAF Legislation & Regulations Working Group together with CETAF General Secretary Ana Casino, who is also an author of the article.