As a Party to the Nagoya Protocol the UK has developed laws, regulations and procedures to implement it. The UK became a Party to the Protocol on 22 May 2016 but was covered by the legal obligations of the Protocol prior to that because of the EU has been a Party from October 2014. Consequently, the EU ABS regulation has applied to UK researchers from October 2014. In March 2015 the UK Statutory Instrument implemented the EU Regulations for the UK. Since 1 January 2021 the revised UK legislation applies. However, this regulation differs from the preceding Instrument only as regards the role of the Secretary of State and the exclusion of the European Commission from any role, and a few other elements that related to activities across EU Member States. This is discussed with links to relevant legislation under “Legislation in the UK”.
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