German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


ABS in Germany

Laboratory analysis

Under the access and benefit sharing (ABS) rules of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol, states are free to decide whether they regulate access to genetic resources and to traditional knowledge associated with them.


Under the Act Implementing the Obligations under the Nagoya Protocol and Transposing Regulation (EU) No. 511/ 2014, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is the competent national authority for implementation and enforcement of the Nagoya Protocol (Section 6(1) of the Implementing Act).

Legal position

Access to genetic resources collected in situ within the national jurisdiction of the Federal Republic of Germany is generally free. It is solely subject to the general restrictions of public law and where applicable private law. Ex situ access to genetic resources via a collection located in Germany may, on the other hand, be linked to rights of the provider country where they were collected in situ.
Legal position


Forms related to collections, best practices and due diligence declarations are available for German users of genetic resources (and of traditional knowledge associated with them).

Competent National Authority

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
Division I 1.5
Konstantinstr. 110
D-53179 Bonn
Tel.:   +49(0)228 8491 1211
Fax:   +49(0)228 8491 1229

Booklet on Nagoya Protocol

Cover booklet on Nagoya Protocol

Flyer on Nagoya Protocol

Poster on Nagoya Protocol