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Decision No. 391 Establishing the Common Regime on Access to Genetic Resources

Year of current version:1996
Date of entry into force of original text:July 17, 1996
Date of Text (Enacted):July 2, 1996
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Genetic Resources, IP Regulatory Body, Traditional Knowledge (TK), Transfer of Technology
Notes:
The Decision No. 391 was issued in Caracas, Venezuela by the Commission of the Cartagena Agreement (also known as ‘the Commission of the Andean Community’) on July 2, 1996, and published in the Official Gazette of the Cartagena Agreement No. 213 of July 17, 1996 in Lima, Peru.

The Decision is divided into 11 titles: Title I (Article 1) on the Definitions, Title II (Article 2) on the Purpose and Aims, Title III (Articles 3-4) on the Scope, Title IV (Articles 5-15) on the Principles, Title V (Articles 16-40) on the Access Procedure, Title VI (Articles 41-44) on the Ancillary Contracts to the Access Contract, Title VII (Article 45) on the Limitations to Access, Title VIII (Articles 46-47) on Violations and Sanctions, Title IX (Articles 48-49) on the Notifications between Member Countries, Title X (Article 50) on the Competent National Authority, and Title XI (Article 51) on the Andean Committee on Genetic Resources and Final, Complementary and Temporary Provisions.

Title IV, Chapter II, Article 7 provides recognition of know-how, innovations and traditional practices.
Title IV, Chapter II, Articles 8 and 9 refer to scientific and technical training programs, research projects, and transfer of technology.
Available Texts: 
English

Decision No. 391 Establishing the Common Regime on Access to Genetic Resources Decision No. 391 Establishing the Common Regime on Access to Genetic Resources, Complete document (pdf) [220 KB] Decision No. 391 Establishing the Common Regime on Access to Genetic Resources, Complete document (htm) [120 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

French

Décision n° 391 du 2 juillet 1996 - Régime commun concernant l'accès aux ressources génétiques Décision n° 391 du 2 juillet 1996 - Régime commun concernant l'accès aux ressources génétiques, Complete document (pdf) [229 KB]

Spanish

Decisión N° 391 del 2 de julio de 1996 - Régimen Común sobre Acceso a los Recursos Genéticos Decisión N° 391 del 2 de julio de 1996 - Régimen Común sobre Acceso a los Recursos Genéticos, Complete document (pdf) [80 KB]

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