The Nagoya Protocol was adopted by European legislation and entered into force in the UK on 22 May 2016. The responsible UK agency, Defra, focused initially on working with industry, especially pharmaceuticals, beauty, food and beverage, seed and plant biotechnology.
Defra and the Regulator (based in BEIS) are planning to develop information and education material for academic researchers. Oxford is part of a network of universities sharing experiences and liaising with the government agencies, and is in particularly close contact with the Research Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge.
There is no UK-mandated ‘legal template’ for the informed consent and access agreements under the Nagoya Protocol. Defra anticipates that researchers in universities and other public bodies will act in good faith and keep records of relevant discussions and agreements.
The University’s Reference Group on the Nagoya Protocol does not wish to proscribe a single form for such records.