IBioIC are participants in the Interreg funded project “European Marine Biological Resource Centre Biobank”. The project is organising a 1 day workshop on “Practical steps for facilitating the use of marine biological resources for commercial R&D in the context of new Access & Benefit Sharing Legal Framework” on 16 May in Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique HQ in Plouzane, France. The workshop will bring together industry (end-users), European culture collections (providers) and ABS competent national authorities to formulate needs and issues related to legal security during access to biological/genetic resources. More information on the workshop can be found here.

A survey on your awareness of ABS legislation (Nagoya protocol) has been prepared to obtain information in relation to the needs of companies in the framework of the recent regulations on Access to biological/genetic resources and fair Sharing of Benefits on their utilization (ABS), and to identify use-cases that the EMBRC as marine biological resource provider, could be testing to help such companies. The information obtained will serve as the basis for the above workshop. The questionnaire results will only be used by the EBB project and will be shared with the project partners but will not be made available to any third parties. The results will be anonymised when reporting. The questionnaire should make no more than 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed here.

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