Story European Community implements the Bonn Guidelines on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing (ABS).

When an EU company uses exotic plants like Aloe Vera for producing cosmetics it should share the benefits of this use with the country where the plant came from. This is the key message in a Communication just adopted by the European Commission. The use of exotic plants like Aloe Vera, Ginseng, Green Tea, Jojoba Oil, etc is widespread in the EU, particularly in cosmetics. Several industry sectors are investing in research to discover new applications for such so called "genetic resources" in medicines, cosmetics or agriculture. The Communication urges companies and research institutes not to take genetic resources from other countries - usually developing countries that are rich in bio-diversity - without their consent. European companies and research institutes should guarantee that the countries of origin get a fair share of the profits and research results arising from the use of their resources. The Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on 'implementation by the EC of the Bonn Guidelines' was adopted on 23 December 2003 . The communication is part of the global work towards access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources under the global Convention on Biological diversity (CBD). The press release can be found at:|0|RAPID&lg=EN&display= The Communications in all EU15 languages are accessible at: Further information on the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Bonn Guidelines:
Release date 09/12/2003
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Source Euorpean Commission, DG Environment