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Competent Authorities (CA)

Functions and powers of Competent Authorities which was designated by the State Government as follows:

  • to deal with all the applications for access to a biological resource or traditional knowledge associated with a biological resource within its jurisdiction and the sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of the biological resource or traditional knowledge associated with a biological resource;
  • to maintain a record of all access applications and decisions relating to such applications, including the permits issued;
  • to prepare an annual report concerning such access applications and decisions relating to such applications including permits issued and to submit the report and copies of the permits to the National Competent Authority on or before such date as the National Competent Authority may determine; and
  • to do such other things as it deems fit to enable it to perform its functions effectively or which are incidental to the performance of its functions.

to do all things necessary or expedient for or in connection with the performance of its functions under the ABS Act 2017.

List Competent Authority by region:-

  • Ministry of Federal Territories Federal (Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya)
  • Johor State Economic Planning Unit
  • Kedah State Economic Planning Unit
  • Kelantan State Economic Planning Unit
  • Melaka State Economic Planning Unit
  • Negeri Sembilan State Forestry Department
  • Pahang State Economic Planning Division
  • Penang State Economic Planning Unit
  • Perak State Economic Planning Unit
  • Perlis State Economic Planning Unit
  • Selangor State Economic Planning Unit
  • Terengganu State Economic Planning Unit
  • Sabah Biodiversity Council
  • Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resource (Sarawak)