Using the ABS Clearing-House Here you will find information on how to use the ABS Clearing-House to find the right information about the country from which your genetic recourse or traditional knowledge came from. svenska Share Contact Listen If your research falls within the framework of the Nagoya Protocol and the EU ABS Regulation, you may visit the ABS Clearing-House (ABSCH) Internet tool to obtain all the necessary information about the country from which your genetic recourse or traditional knowledge came from. ABSCH is a platform and distribution institution for the exchange of information about access and the allocation of benefit and is a part of the clearing-house mechanism. ABSCH is a key tool to simplify the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol by enhancing the rule of law, and increasing the clarity and insight into the procedures for access and supervision of the utilisation of genetic resources. By providing relevant information on ABS (Access and Benefit-Sharing), ABSCH provides opportunities to link up access countries with users of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. In it you will find: Information as to whether the provider country is party to the Nagoya Protocol and whether the country applies access legislation. Contact details for the national focal point (NFP) in the provider country. Contact details for the competent authority (CNA) in the provider country Instructions Enter the website. ABSCH website Click on the country from which you intend to obtain the resource or select the country from the list. Click on “view country profile”. There you will find all available information on ABS in the provider country. The countries’ national registers are published by the governments and contain national information that is relevant for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol as well as information that the parties are obligated to provide, according to the protocol. The national registers contain the following information ABS National Focal Point (NFP) – Responsible for contact with the CBD secretariat and is the body that is to provide information on procedures for access to genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge and for the preparation of mutual agreed terms (MAT). NFP is also responsible for information on competent national authorities, domestic and local bodies and other affected stakeholders. Competent national authorities (CNA) – Authorities that are designated to be responsible for providing advice on the permit procedure, how to establish mutual agreed terms (MAT) and how to obtain prior informed consents (PIC). They are also, where applicable, responsible for the issuance of written certificates showing that the access requirements have been fulfilled. Legislation, administrative or political measures for ABS (MSR) – Measures adopted on the national level to implement the Nagoya Protocol access and distribution obligations. Here you can see whether a country has access legislation or not. National websites and databases (NDB) – Information and links to national websites or databases that are relevant for ABS. Here you can find information on the procedure for access to genetic resources and/or associated traditional knowledge. Internationally Recognized Certificate of Compliance (IRCC) – A permit or equivalent document that has been issued in conjunction with the access as a certificate showing that the genetic resource and/or associated traditional knowledge to which the certificate applies has been obtained in accordance with prior informed consent and mutually agreed terms. Checkpoints (CP) In the EU these are checkpoints at which you as a user declare due diligence. You do this on two occasions. 1) after the first partial payment of research funding has been received or not later than the end of the project or when the final report is submitted. 2) in the final development stage of a product. The time for the first declaration applies even if no further product development occurs. In Sweden the declarations are sent to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Checkpoint Communiqués (CPC) – A summary of the information that has been gathered in or received by a checkpoint (CP). In the EU the declarations on due diligence are the checkpoint communiqués. Approved declarations are then forwarded to ABSCH or if the declarations contain confidential information directly to the original access country.