Terms & Conditions

These are the terms and conditions (“the Terms”) of the Genebank Platform (“we” or “us”). We are an independent international organisation under international law.


These terms and conditions of use tell you the terms on which you may make use of the website, its subdomains, associated websites and extranets (collectively the “Site”).

Use of our Site includes downloading, copying, accessing, browsing or any other use of any information from the Site.

By accessing any part of this Site you shall be deemed to be a “Site User” and to have accepted these Terms in full whether or not you become a donor. If you do not agree to these Terms then you are not authorised to use or continue using this Site and should cease doing so.

We may amend these Terms at any time by changing them on the Site and the amendments will be effective as soon as they are displayed.

If you have any comments or questions concerning these Terms please contact us.


You may only use the Site for lawful purposes. In accessing any part of this Site you agree:


The content on this Site is provided for general information only. We do our best at all times to ensure that all information on the Site is accurate but we make no representations, warranties or guaranties whether express or implied that the content on the Site is accurate, complete or up-to-date.

The presentation of information on the Site does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Genebank Platform concerning the legal or development status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The findings, interpretations and conclusions expressed in material made available on the Site are those of the authors of the relevant content and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Genebank Platform.


To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to the Site or any content on it, whether express or implied. In no event shall we be liable to you for any direct, indirect or consequential loss, loss of profit, revenue, goodwill arising from your use of our Site, information on the Site or temporary suspension of the Site by us for any reason.

We shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our Site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.


The Genebank Platform owns or is licensed to use all the intellectual property rights in and to this Site and the material published on it and all technical infrastructure relating to it. These works are protected by intellectual property laws and treaties around the world.

The content of the Site is protected by copyright and related intellectual property rights. To ensure wide dissemination of its information, the Genebank Platform is committed to making its content freely available and encourages the use, reproduction and dissemination of the text, multimedia and data products presented. Except where otherwise indicated, content may be copied, printed and downloaded for private study, research and teaching purposes, or for use in non-commercial products or services, provided that appropriate acknowledgement of the  Genebank Platform as the source and copyright holder is given and that the Genebank Platform’s endorsement of Site Users’ views, products or services, is not stated or implied in any way and provided that no trade mark, copyright or other proprietary notices contained in or appearing on such material is removed in whole or in part.

The Genebank Platform’s name, emblem and abbreviation are the exclusive property of the Genebank Platform and are protected under international law. Unauthorised use of the Genebank Platform logo is prohibited.

The Genebank Platform encourages unrestricted use of press releases provided on this website and no formal permission is required to reproduce these materials.

All requests for translation and adaptation rights, and for resale and other commercial use rights should be addressed to contact us.

Material contained on the Site may not otherwise be copied, reproduced, modified, published, distributed, transmitted, transferred or sold, used to create derivative works or in any way exploited in whole or in part without our prior written consent. You must not reproduce or exploit the material for commercial gain. All other rights are reserved and Users must seek our permission before making any other use of material contained in this Site.


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Where the Genebank Platform is the exclusive copyright holder, conditions for reuse of photographs displayed on the Site are the same as those for other content, with the exception that photographs must not be modified without the Genebank Platform’s prior written consent. Where the copyright ownership is shared between the Genebank Platform and the photographer (or where ownership cannot be determined from the Site) permission must be requested for any reuse other than downloading for private use, research and teaching purposes.

Written permission must be requested from the Genebank Platform for any commercial use, advertising, marketing, storage or third party distribution of the Genebank Platform photographs. The Genebank Platform reserves the right to withhold distribution and/or permission to reproduce the Genebank Platform photographs should intended use be considered inappropriate. The Genebank Platform photographs must be credited each time they are published. The recommended citation format for photographs is the Genebank Platform/[name of photographer]. Please send the URL address in which the photograph(s) appear to contact us.


The Site may include third party copyright material for which rights and permissions must be obtained from the copyright holder(s) indicated.


Links from this Site to other sites and resources provided by third parties are provided for your information only and we have no control over and cannot therefore accept responsibility or liability for the content of any linked third party website. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. We do not endorse any linked website.

You may link to our home page from a website you own, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it. You must not link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. Our Site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our Site other than the home page. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. The website from which you are linking must not contain content that is distasteful, offensive, controversial, infringes any third party rights or does not comply with applicable law or regulations.


These Terms and any dispute arising therefrom shall be exclusively governed by international principles of international law, to the exclusion of any single national system of law.

Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Terms or the breach, termination or invalidity of them or to the use of the Site by the User or any content available here shall be settled by Arbitration. The arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the modalities to be agreed upon by the Genebank Platform and the Site User or, in the absence of agreement, with the rules of arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. The parties shall accept the arbitral award as final. The language of any such proceedings shall be English.

To the extent that there exists more than one language version of these Terms and there is any inconsistency between the versions, the English version shall always prevail.


We use cookies on this Site. Cookies are small amounts of information that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser. The cookies we use are ‘analytical’ cookies. They tell us when you have visited our Site and where you have been. They do not identify you personally, just the presence of your browser. Cookies make it easier for you to log on and use the Site during future visits. Our Site uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our Site. This helps us to provide you with a good experience while you browse and also allows us to improve our Site. Should you wish to do so, your browser’s help section should be able to warn you before accepting cookies and how to filter or disable them, although if you disable them, you may not be able to use certain features on our Site. Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 90 days.