According to the EU-ABS-Regulation
• users are natural or legal persons using genetic resources or traditional knowledge associated to
• use is defined as carrying out research and development activities on the genetic and/or biochemical
composition of genetic resources, including through the application of biotechnology (see Article 3 (4)
and (5) of EU Regulation No 511/2014).
Anyone carrying out an utilisation activity covered by the EU Regulation using genetic resources or traditional knowledge associated with them must ensure that no ABS rules of the provider country have been breached in accessing them.