Certificates of Clarity or Confusion: The search for a practical, feasible and cost effective system for certifying compliance with PIC and MAT

Overview
  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-IAS
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University
    VOLUME:
    Policy Report, April 2008
    TITLE:
    Certificates of Clarity or Confusion: The search for a practical, feasible and cost effective system for certifying compliance with PIC and MAT
    AUTHORS:
    by Jose Carlos Fernandez-Ugalde, Geoff Burton and Brendan Tobin
    PUB DATE:
    2008•11•30
    COPYRIGHT:
    United Nations University
    COPYRIGHT YEAR:
    2008

    Proposals have been made for a variety of certification systems to act as the basis for an international system of documentation to provide evidence of PIC and MAT relating to access and use of genetic resources and traditional knowledge. This study provides a comparative analysis of all four existing proposals and examines the challenges for development of a practical, feasible and cost effective certificate system.