Dedicated support to ensure that your project is compliant with Nagoya Protocol
The Nagoya Protocol creates a legal framework for ensuring fair and equitable sharing of benefits that arise from utilising genetic resources under the international Convention on Biological Diversity. Researchers located in, or using material from any of the 132 countries that have ratified the Nagoya Protocol, need to ensure that the genetic material used in their research projects comply with the Nagoya Protocol. The Protocol requires users of genetic materials and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources to obtain prior informed consent and establish mutually agreed terms with a provider country from which the genetic resources are obtained. As part of our Due Diligence offering, Ingentium’s Nagoya Protocol support helps organisations avoid the penalties and reputational risk associated with non-compliance. Our support includes a thorough review of our client’s research project, or portfolio of projects, and identification of any Nagoya Protocol associated risks. Following this, we closely work with our client and its research partners in provider countries to develop a roadmap for mitigating against and addressing any identified risks. These include developing tools such as tailor-made checklists and decision trees to ensure that current and future research is compliant with the Nagoya Protocol.
Enforcement agencies, including the UK Office for Product Safety and Standards, have begun carrying out audits on various organisations with respect to Nagoya Protocol compliance. Non-compliance carries various consequences in addition to delaying commercial exploitation and damaging an organisation’s reputation.
Facilitated contact with third-parties involved in the project and government bodies in donor countries
Ingentium provides support to organisations by advising on applicable rules in the provider countries relevant to our client’s research, identifying the relevant competent national authority (government body) and facilitating the communication between our client and any other third parties involved, where appropriate. Ingentium will support application for the prior informed consent (permit) and advise on the required terms for the mutually agreed terms (agreement).
Our Nagoya Protocol support helps organisations:
- Understand how research projects and commercialization are affected by the Nagoya Protocol, understand their legal obligations under the Protocol and identify any risks;
- Ensure that all research projects are compliant with the Nagoya Protocol to avoid penalties;
- Identify key stakeholders involved in the process of ensuring compliance and liaise with third parties such as research partners and government bodies in provider countries and in the countries where the client or relevant stakeholders are based;
- Develop internal tools and processes to ensure that all future projects are Nagoya Protocol compliant.
Key advantages for you and your organisation
Our Nagoya Protocol compliance support services draw on extensive experience working with research-led organisations and R&D projects. We tailor our services to help clients ensure Nagoya Protocol compliance in a way that minimises due diligence and time-resource burdens, allowing our clients to focus on important day-to-day tasks.