Biodiversity' is increasingly perceived as an important resource. Conservation, access and sustainable use of biodiversity (genetic resources, species, samples) are negotiated at political levels, resulting in an internationally binding legal framework. Understanding and awareness of export and import permits for biological samples is increasingly important for biologists to perform research projects legally and timely. Nevertheless, some biologists still export and import biological samples in disregard of or non-compliant with national and international legislation, conventions, and regulations. Resulting difficulties may not only cause serious problems during field work, but may also delay the export, import or exchange of samples. Comprehensive a priori information regarding legal requirements helps to avoid or at least diminish potential problems. We identified four major factors facilitating export/import permits: (1) good personal (mutually trusted) contacts in the country of origin, (2) understanding and compliance with all relevant laws and regulations; (3) access to information regarding knowledge on permits, regulations and laws including their circulation within the researcher communities and (4) access to consistent and up to date regulations and guidelines. We provide information on key issues to assist research teams trying to reduce problems and misunderstandings. © DO-G,IfV,MPG 2012.
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