German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Utilisation of genetic resources

Transparent tablets containing DNA strands.

Due diligence

The utilisation of genetic resources (and of traditional knowledge associated with them) in Germany is tied to certain due diligence obligations under Regulation (EU) No 511/2014.
Due diligence

Best practices

Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 also stipulates on best practices. A best practice is a combination of procedures, tools or mechanisms recognised by the European Commission and developed by associations of users or other interested parties in order to enable them to comply with their due diligence obligations.
Best practices


The scope of the Nagoya Protocol and of Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 includes research and development on genetic resources (or traditional knowledge associated with them) regardless of whether it is undertaken for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Because of this, ‘pure’, non-applied science (basic research) must likewise address the altered legal framework.

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