Implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the UK

Closed 21 Apr 2014

Opened 17 Mar 2014


We want to know what you think about how we propose to implement rules on the use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in the UK.

An international treaty called the ‘Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing for Genetic Resources’ was signed in 2011. In order to ratify this treaty the EU and the UK must set down new rules. These rules will require researchers who use genetic resources to be ‘duly diligent’ that they only use resources that have been accessed in accordance with the laws of the country providing them.

In praticular, we want to know what you think about how we plan to to implement these rules, as most of the rules have already been established in an EU Regulation and will be binding in the UK. For further details please see the consultation document below.


  • Environmental campaigners
  • Industries and professional services
  • SME businesses


  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainable development
  • Science