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    • Researcher and local collaborator are required to make every effort to conduct analyses in Sabah utilising the exisiting facilities and expertise
    • If the analyses cannot be done in Sabah, the researcher and the local collaborator are required to justify the reason for export and to propose efforts in enhancing capacity building of the local institutions (include this in your application)
    • If your analyses are partially conducted locally, please specify this in your application
    • Be specific and elaborate on the research activities/ analyses

    Click here for more information.

    Effective from 12th June 2017

  • Terms and conditions for access and export licence application submission:

    • All queries after submission must be answered and finalised before SaBC can submit your documents for vetting purposes

    • The day when you reply and finalise the queries by submitting the necessary documents to SaBC will be the date of your submission (not based on your first incomplete submission/ unclear information)

    • It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with the respective agencies involve in issuing the supporting documents and submit to SaBC

    • It is the applicant’s responsibility to be aware of any correspondence from SaBC through email, if you do not hear from us, please check your spam or junk mail, or contact your local collaborator

    • All applications must be submitted online and in full (complete according to the checklist given) to sabc@sabah.gov.my. Loose documents will not be entertained.

    • Only complete documents will be submitted to the committee members

    • The dates stated in the schedule are based on Malaysia local time GMT/UTC + 08:00 hour

    For more information: access licence | export licence *updated content in access and export licence application page*

    You may refer to FAQs section to avoid common errors that can cause delays


  • If you have any questions pertaining to access and export licence applications, you may refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) link for more information

  • Please take note that our government email is not able to respond to any Microsoft email address (Hotmail, Msn, Outlook, Live). Therefore you are required to email your application to us using other email providers (university email, gmail etc)  or kindly provide an alternative email in the access/ export licence form so that we are able to update you regarding your application. 

    • Kindly be informed that if your research area(s) involve marine water/ marine park in the East Coast of Sabah, a written security clearance from the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) and/or National Security Council (Kota Kinabalu branch) is mandatory.

    • If your research involves aerial survey/ drone/ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a written consent from (i) State Internal Affairs & Research Office, Chief Minister's Department of Sabah and (ii) Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia is mandatory. Note: Include support letter from resource manager(s), date and time of operations/activites, flying radius and coordination, flying altitudes, drone specifications, operation purpose, company details (if any), drone pilot information (for operating drone above 20kg you need to provide Private Pilot Licence/ Commercial Pilot Licence).

    Click here for the list of documents required for access licence application or you may check out the FAQ section for more information

  • This workshop was organised by Sabah Biodiversity Centre and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on the 24th November 2015 at Le Meridien Hotel, Kota Kinabalu and attended by 65 participants from various ethnic groups, local communities and government agencies. The objective of this workshop was to spread the awareness and understanding of the protocol involve in Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and to identify the local communities' stand and preference once the state ABS law is regulated. The speakers include Sabah Biodiversity Centre, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and BC Initiative.