Understanding Brazil's Biodiversity Law Detailed Event Information For Understanding Brazil's Biodiversity Law
Understanding Brazil's Biodiversity Law --
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Location/Date: Washington, DC, United States 10/29/2018 - 10/29/2018
Event Summary:
Companies in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, supplement, food and beverage, and other relevant industries that source unique ingredients from Brazil should be aware of Brazil's Biodiversity Law and how it may affect their business in terms of access and benefit sharing (ABS) related to the ingredients. This webinar will feature a presentation by Mr. Rafael de Sá Marques, President of the Genetic Heritage Management Council at Brazil's Ministry of Environment. Other Brazilian government staff and Brazilian companies with experience in the topic may also join the presentation. Companies will have a chance to ask questions about the Law and the conditions under which it may apply to access sourcing and use of biological genetic resources and traditional knowledge from Brazil. The presenters will also introduce the new SISgen platform, in which companies using the Brazil's genetic resources may be required to register.

The presentation and discussion will be in English with ample time for questions. Companies are encouraged to submit questions in advance to the contacts listed here.

Contacts

• Laura Krishnan: laura.krishnan [at] trade.gov

• Tracy Gerstle tracy.gerstle [at] trade.gov

• Jefferson Oliveira: jefferson.oliveira [at] trade.gov (para questões em Português)

Background

Brazil's new Biodiversity Law No. 13, 123/15 was signed into law on May 20, 2015 and came into force on November 17, 2016. To facilitate compliance, Brazil established SISgen (National System for the Management of Genetic Heritage and Associated Traditional Knowledge), an online platform for the registration and tracking of agreements to access and share benefits of Brazilian genetic resources. SISgen was first made available to the public in November 2017.

Foreign entities wishing to access Brazil's biodiversity, including academic and business entities, must have a legal representative, based in Brazil, to act as the registrant. Benefit sharing agreements can be at the level of an institution or a sector. Companies in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, supplement, food and beverage, and other relevant industries which source unique ingredients from Brazil should take advantage of this webinar in order to better understand the new law and compliance requirements.

This webinar will feature a presentation by Mr. Rafael de Sá Marques, President of the Genetic Heritage Management Council at Brazil's Ministry of Environment. Other Brazilian government staff and Brazilian companies with experience in the topic may also join the presentation.

Objectives

• Improve U.S. company understanding of how Brazil's new Biodiversity Law may affect their business in Brazil.

• Help U.S. companies understand how to navigate the SISgen platform.

• Allow U.S. companies to ask questions of Brazil's Ministry of Environment about compliance with the Biodiversity Law.

Event Information

Date: October 29, 2018

Time: 1:30 p.m. (EDT) / 2:30 p.m. (Brasilia)

Place: Your computer via webinar

Cost: Free

The Net portion of the Webinar can be accessed 30 minutes prior to its scheduled start time. Companies are encouraged to submit questions in advance to the contacts listed here.


Contacts:
Linda Abbruzzese, ODI
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-3787
Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov

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