The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety requires each Party to designate:
Nomination of National Focal Points
Information on focal points can only be registered in the BCH by the Secretariat upon receipt of an official written communication addressed to the Executive Secretary and endorsed by the relevant authorities.
The rules and procedures for nominating a focal point are as follows:
To nominate a NFP, governments can use the offline common formats available in MS Word in the 6 UN languages. An offline common format needs to be completed, duly signed by the respective authority and sent to the Secretariat as a scanned attachment by e-mail to email@example.com, or it can be sent by post or fax.
Offline common formats are available on the Dashboard of the Submit page and can also be downloaded using the links below:
Can Governments nominate a "secondary" CPB-NFP?
Under Article 19 of the Cartagena Protocol, Governments are requested to designate one CPB-NFP to liaise with the Secretariat. The Secretariat can therefore register only one Focal Point per country. However, the Focal Point may indicate any other persons they wish to be copied in all communications from the Secretariat.
Can Governments nominate a "secondary" BCH-NFP?
In accordance with Paragraph 7 of decision BS-I/3 of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (COP-MOP), Parties may only nominate one BCH-NFP. The Secretariat can therefore register only one Focal Point per country. However, the Focal Point may indicate any other persons they wish to be copied in all communications from the Secretariat.