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Competent Authorities (CA)

By recognising the importance of the state's authority's role in safe guarding biological resource, a body from each state in Malaysia is named as the Competent Authority (CA), which is specified in the First Schedule of the Act shall have jurisdiction over all matters relating to access to a biological resource in the region.

The Competent Authorities has the following functions:

  1. 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 utilization of the biological resource or traditional knowledge associated with a biological resource;
  2. to maintain a record of all access applications and decisions relating to such applications, including the permits issued;
  3. 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
  4. 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.

The Competent Authorities shall have the powers to do all things necessary or expedient for or in connection with the performance of its functions under this Act.