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A best practice within the meaning of  Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 is a combination of procedures, tools or mechanisms recognised by the European Commission and developed by associations of users or other interested parties (parties with a legitimate interest) in order to enable them to comply with their due diligence and declaration obligations under Article 4 and 7 of the EU Regulation. Best practices can also be recognised internationally under Article 20(2) of the Nagoya Protocol. 

The web-based register of recognised best practices is currently being set up by the European Commission.

Recognition procedure

Applications for recognition of best practices must be submitted to the European Commission. The Commission sends a copy of the application and supporting documentation to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, which may submit comments within two months. 

The Commission must be notified of any changes to a best practice for which recognition has been granted (Article 8(3) of the EU Regulation). In the event of repeated or significant cases of failure to comply with the due diligence obligations under Article 4 and 7 of the EU Regulation, the European Commission examines whether they are attributable to deficiencies in the best practice; if appropriate, recognition as a best practice may be withdrawn (Article 8(4) of the Regulation).