Last updated: 25/08/2016

What is the SMTA?

The Standard Material Transfer Agreement is a mandatory model for parties wishing to provide and receive material under the Multilateral System. It is the result of lengthy negotiation among the Contracting Parties to the Treaty and may not be varied or abbreviated in any way. However, as a template, it contains some paragraphs and sections that need to be completed to each use.


The material transfer agreements that use the standard template are private agreements between the particular providers and recipients but the Governing Body, through FAO as the Third Party Beneficiary, is recognized as having an interest in the agreements. The standard template has been developed to ensure that the provisions of the Treaty regarding the transfer of PGRFA under the Multilateral System are enforceable on users.


pdf Text of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement
  ar zh en fr ru es