[Taxacom] Brazil specimen mailing

Paloma Shimabukuro palomahfs at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 13:02:26 CDT 2018


Dear all,

Here are some information extracted from the Brazilian Society of Tropical
Medicine:

"The procedures for registration, finished product notification, sample
shipment form and others provided by law, shall be carried out in the
Brazilian National System of Management of Genetic Heritage and Associated
Traditional Knowledge (SisGen) on the website:
https://sisgen.gov.br/paginas/login.aspx

Among the resolutions adopted by the sectoral Chamber (in March 2018), is,
for example, resolution No. 05, which will establish a single term between
the Brazilian and the foreign institution, with a shelf life of up to 10
years (and no more only 5 years), which include all shipments for the same
recipient. This new resolution revoked Resolution No. 01 on the previous
Material Transfer Agreement (TTM).

The resolution No. 10, June 19, researchers from the Phylogeny, taxonomy,
systematics, ecology, biogeography and epidemiology fields, may register
their researches using a simple form, which will be available in the next
version of SisGen. The researcher will be able whether to indicate the
registration numbers, single indicators of default Resource Locator (URL)
or equivalent in which are found this information in databases, information
systems or open access repositories to the Brazilian State.

Resolution nº 6, from March 20, which establishes the minimum taxonomic
level required to identify each group of organisms in the case of
biodiversity research in taxonomy and phylogeny, as follows: I – domain
(Archaea, Bacteria and Eukarya) case of microscopic bacteria, fungi, and
other microorganisms, with the exception of viruses; II-class, in the case
of macroscopic algae; III-order, in the case of macroscopic fungi and
animals; and IV-Family, in the case of viruses and plants. That is, the
researcher who studies macroscopic fungi or insects may only indicate the
order of these organisms, without the need to indicate the species of each
sample. So, you will have the opportunity to make only one record for a
given order instead of 1000 records of different copies of the same order."

I hope it helps clarify the current situation.

Best, Paloma

   --
Paloma Helena Fernandes Shimabukuro - Pesquisadora em Saúde Pública
Grupo de Estudos em Leishmanioses
Coleção de Flebotomíneos (FIOCRUZ-COLFLEB)
+55 (31) 33497721/7756


On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 1:52 PM, joana cristóvão <
suthora_webbiana at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi John,
>
> Im currently doing my PhD in Brazil (Mato Grosso) with Dr Fernando Vaz de
> Mello and we have definitely heard of this....
>
> The borders are not shut down. We are still receiving specimens and
> sending them.
> The problem is that they have passed a law that was mainly meant for
> genetic research but currently also includes morphology work.
>
> This is still very new for everyone but it seems it will include a lot of
> bureaucracy. If you want to use specimens (even if it’s just the one) from
> Brazil they will have to have their data input onto SisGen (and they
> require a lot of it, even coordinates).
>
> It seems like if you look at a specimen you are accessing it’s Brazilian
> genetic heritage.
>
> It will make any sort of work that includes morphology very bureaucratic
> especially for Brazilian colleagues. However, they are still fixing some
> problems on the platform and, as far as I know, we haven’t had to start
> with this yet.
>
> Also, their problem is that they seem to also  want us all to input this
> sort of data for published papers since at least 2015? Or earlier? I’m not
> sure yet...
>
> Your Brazilian colleagues should have answers as soon as they know what to
> do, I’m sure.
>
> We also think the people worst affected will be ecologists and
> microbiologists... if they are required to input all their specimens into
> SisGen I’m sure it will take as long or longer than their actual project...
>
> Fernando says that, as it stands, pressure from our international
> colleagues will most definitely help reducing this upcoming bureaucracy!
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Fernando and Joana
>
>
> http://www.mma.gov.br/patrimonio-genetico/conselho-
> de-gestao-do-patrimonio-genetico/nrmas-do-cgen#resolu%C3%A7%C3%B5es
>
>
> On 21 Aug 2018, at 11:15, John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com<mailto:
> calabar.john at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
> I recently heard from a colleague in Brazil that the country has
> effectively been turned into an island due to new legislation that prevents
> receive anything from other countries or to send/send back material
> overseas. The borders are now totally closed. Has anyone on TAXACOM heard
> about this? It would seem to be the death knell for international work. The
> wall setup against sending specimens into the country is even more
> draconian.
>
> John Grehan
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