European Commission Recognition of CETAF Code of Conduct and Best Practice on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

Thursday, 23 May, 2019
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We are proud to announce that the CETAF Code of Conduct on Access and Benefit Sharing is the first Best Practice officially recognized by the European Commission to meet the requirements of the EU ABS regulation. 

Since 2012, CETAF has been developing guidelines to support researchers and users of genetic resources in a challenging landscape of diverse legislative measures. Following the publication of the Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the European Union and its Member States, CETAF developed the Code of Conduct on Access and Benefit-Sharing (CETAF CoC) and submitted it for official recognition as best practice to support scientists and research organizations in this endeavour.

After comprehensive reviews and comments received from the European Commission and EU Member States as well as other related actors which jointly helped to improve the document, it was formally recognised under the EU ABS Regulation on 10 May 2019 with decision C(2019)3380/F1 of the European Commission DG ENV, and currently is the first and only one in the Register of Best Practices.

The recognition of CETAFs CoC as “best practices” gives credits to the joint effort and engagement of CETAF members to support the Nagoya Protocol. It will provide researchers with appropriate tools for ABS-compliance, support the operability of non-commercial biodiversity science and aims to ensure not only research but also to share the benefits with providing countries. The CETAF Member Institutions are pleased to share this achievement that intends to guide researchers and natural history collections in their compliance with ABS regulations and to promote fair research partnerships worldwide in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

For more information please visit:

CETAF ABS website with the current version of the CETAF Code of Conduct

COMMISSION DECISION of the European Commission of 10.5.2019 recognising the Code of Conduct and Best Practice for Access and Benefit Sharing of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities as best practice under Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 of the European Parliament and Council. Brussels

Register of acknowledged Best Practices of the European Commission

Press Release - EU Recognition of CETAF Code of Conduct and Best Practice on Access and Benefit Sharing