Monday 11th May 2015
Protea Hotel, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, South Africa

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation to the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force on 12th October 2014. As regulations are put in place in provider countries, companies operating in the natural product sector must raise their level of awareness and capacity to comply with provider and user country regulations.

This workshop aims to explore the issues faced by the cosmetic sector in implementing ABS and provide practical examples of how these can be dealt with in the current regulations and associated uncertainties. It will provide an opportunity to learn about the regulations, hear from others in the sector and identify key areas requiring additional support.

Key Topics

  • Overview of ABS regulatory status in southern Africa
  • Ingredients and origins
  • Finished products: marketing claims, imagery and stories
  • Intellectual Property issues
  • Key challenges and support needs

Who should attend?

  • Cosmetic brands owners/manufacturers using botanical ingredients from southern Africa
  • Cosmetic formulation chemists
  • Cosmetic contract manufacturers
  • Cosmetic sector professional organisations working in the natural product sector

Experts on the Nagoya Protocol, regional ABS issues and intellectual property will provide insight on the key topics and be available to take questions.

For more details, and for an application form, please contact Katie Beckett on [email protected]

This event is sponsored by Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) as part of Project Biotrade.