In terms of South African legislation on the framework and regulations pertaining to bioprospecting, biotrading and access & benefit-sharing a bioprospecting or biotrade permit is required for indigenous species.
Access to Funds
Good agricultural practice (GAP), good manufacturing practice (GMP) and good harvesting practice (GHP) represent specific methods and systems to provide food for consumers or further processing that is safe and wholesome. This includes conformance with set standards, quality control being a pertinent example. While there are numerous definitions of what methods and operations that constitute good practice, there are several broadly accepted schemes that producers can adhere to.
Market requirements and regulations
Import requirements for essential and vegetable oils not only differ substantially from country to country, but also according to the market the product is destined for, e.g. fragrance, flavouring, industrial, pharmaceutical or personal care. The buyers, customer and importing country usually set the requirements. Generally, all countries require a gas chromatograph (GC) analysis for essential oils and a seed oil analysis, comprising a free fatty acid analysis, for vegetable oils.
SAEOPA can assist members with ensuring that the import requirements of such markets are met, and has established relations with organisations and companies that specialise in this regard. e.g. to ensure compliance with the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).requirements.