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About Competent National Authority (CNA)

  23 Nov 2021

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety requires Parties to designate one or more competent national authorities (CNA) which shall be responsible for performing the administrative functions required by the Protocol (Article 19). Parties are required to make information on these CNAs available to the Biosafety Clearing-House.

A Party may designate a single entity to fulfill all administrative functions under the Protocol or different entities for different functions. If there is more than one CNA in the country, each CNA should be published as a separate record with their specific responsibilities clearly explained. It is important to keep the contact information up-to-date and the description of responsibilities clear and concise in order to provide accurate information.

Please fill in the “Submission form” and complete the fields according to the instructions. 

Certain fields are mandatory and indicated with an asterisk (*). The “Review” of the form will highlight the mandatory fields that need to be filled before the record can be published. The record can also be saved as a draft. Frequently saving your records is recommended, especially, in case of intermittent internet connections.

More information:

  • Read Article 19 (Competent National Authorities and National Focal Points) of the Cartagena Protocol.
  • You may also download and complete the offline common format, available in MS Word format, in your preferred language to assist you in gathering and organizing information prior to submitting it online.

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