The member States of the Council of Europe signatory to the European Agreement on the Exchange of Tissue-Typing Reagents (hereafter called the "Agreement") and to this Additional Protocol,
Having regard to the provisions of Article 5, paragraph 1 of the Agreement, according to which "the Contracting Parties shall take all necessary measures to exempt from all import duties the tissue-typing reagents placed at their disposal by the other Parties";
Considering that so far as the member States of the European Economic Community are concerned, the undertaking to grant this exemption falls within the competence of the Community, which possesses the necessary powers in this respect by virtue of the Treaty which instituted it;
Considering therefore that for the purpose of the implementation of Article 5, paragraph 1 of the Agreement, it is necessary for the European Economic Community to be able to become a Contracting Party to the Agreement,
Have agreed as follows:
The European Economic Community may become a Contracting Party to the Agreement by signing it.
This Additional Protocol shall be open to signature by the States signatory to the Agreement, which may become Parties to the Additional Protocol in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 7 of the Agreement.
No State may become a Contracting Party to the Agreement without at the same time becoming a Contracting Party to this Additional Protocol, which forms an integral part of the Agreement.
This Additional Protocol shall enter into force on the same date as the Agreement.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the member States of the Council and the European Economic Community of:
In witness whereof, the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this Protocol.
Done at Strasbourg, this 24th day of June 1976, in English and in French, both texts being equally authoritative, in a single copy which shall remain reposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall transmit certified copies to each of the signatory and acceding Parties.