Thursday, 3 January 2013

World Animal Health Organization

World Animal Health Organization Detail
The World Organization for Animal Health (formerly the Office International des Epizooties (OIE)) is the world organisation for animal health recognized by the SPS Agreement. Founded in 1924, the OIE has six main missions:
To ensure transparency in the global animal disease situation
To collect, analyse and disseminate veterinary scientific information
To provide expertise and encourage international solidarity in the control of animal diseases
Within its mandate under the WTO SPS Agreement, to safeguard world trade by publishing health standards for international trade in animals and animal products
To improve the legal framework and resources of national Veterinary Services
To provide a better guarantee of food of animal origin and to promote animal welfare through a science-based approach
These missions are achieved through different activities including the establishment of standards, guidelines and recommendations pertaining to animal health. Examples of the OIE work in this area include the following:
International Animal Health Code (for mammals, birds and bees)
International Aquatic Animal Health Code (for fish, molluscs and crustaceans), and Manual for Aquatic Animal Diseases
Manual of Standards for Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines
The above-mentioned Codes as well as their associated Manuals are designed as reference documents to be used by the veterinary administrations or the competent authorities of the member countries, to assist them in establishing the health regulations that their countries should apply to the import and export of live animals and animal products, so that the spreading of pathogens responsible for diseases to other animals or to human beings is avoided.
As scientific knowledge on disease agents and their ways of diffusion increases every day, new diagnostic techniques become available, and control methods become more refined, the OIE Codes and Manuals are revised. For the development of OIE recommendations, the procedures within the OIE encourage the active participation of countries in drawing up the rules that will apply both to others and to themselves. These recommendations are established by consensus by members’ chief veterinary officers.
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization
World Animal Health Organization

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