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1. Check access rules of provider country

Check, if possible with your counterparts, if the country stipulates that permission must be obtained to access and use its genetic material. If this is required, it will mostly be in the form of prior informed consent (PIC). For many countries, information on access legislation is available on the ABS Clearing-House website. The national focal point (NFP) of a country is responsible for providing information on legislation, rules and procedures governing access to genetic resources from that country. Names and contact details of NFP are available on the ABS Clearing-House website and on the website of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

2. If required, seek Prior informed consent (PIC) from the Competent National Authority (CNA)

Identify the competent national authority (CNA) of the country from which you wish to obtain genetic resources. The CNA is responsible for providing PIC. There may be more than one CNA in a country. Contact details are available on the ABS Clearing-House website. Names and contact details of CNA are also available on the website of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).