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15 June 2016

Van Vooren publishes article on Food, EU Law, and the Nagoya Protocol

Bart Van Vooren, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies (CECS), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, has published a new article in the European Food and Feed Law Review, titled, ‘Impact on the Food Industry of New EU Rules Implementing the Nagoya Protocol’.

Over the years there has been global news reports of ‘bio-piracy’ by companies accused of marketing blockbuster products derived from the biological resources of developing countries. This perception stimulated the adoption of the 2010 Nagoya Protocol, to implement the objective of the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity that benefits arising out of R&D on genetic resources should be fairly shared with the country of origin. Since October 2014, strict rules apply in the European Union to enforce compliance with the Nagoya Protocol. However, it would be wrong to assume that the new EU Regulation only encompasses bioprospecting or ethno-pharmacological R&D. Instead, the EU has purposely set up a broad regime that affects companies developing pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and biocides, as well as food, feed, beverages, and any of their components. The article summarizes the new EU Nagoya compliance regime, with examples drawn from the food sector to explain its impact.

You can read more about the article here, and access it here. For more, contact Bart Van Vooren at