Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure www.mirri.org
MIRRI is a pan-European distributed research infrastructure in its Preparatory Phase which aims to support research and development in the field of biotechnology.
Currently, more than 30 public culture collections and research institutes from 19 European countries collaborate to establish this infrastructure.
What is the Nagoya Protocol? What are its aims?
It is an instrument for implementing the third objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources. It also includes the appropriate access to these genetic resources. Both issues are also known as access and benefit sharing, in short ABS. It is important to know that the Nagoya Protocol not only affects genetic resources, but also the traditional knowledge associated with them.
As from October 12th, 2014, the new Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 will also apply. This Regulation establishes rules for users and providers of genetic resources in the European Union in order to comply with the Nagoya Protocol.
If collections fulfil specific requirements, they may be included in the Register of collections. Users obtaining resources from such a registered collection are considered to have exercised due diligence as regards the seeking of information listed in Art. 4 (3).
[see Regulation (EU) No 511/2014, Art. 5]