In 2021, at the annual WOAH General Session, elections were held for the six members of each of the four WOAH Specialist Commissions to serve a three-year term (May 2021 until May 2024).
The first meeting of each of the newly elected Specialist Commissions was held during September 2021. Specific to standard-setting work, each Commission continued to progress standard-setting work already in progress, to consider requests for new work, and review and re-prioritise respective work plans for its respective three-year term. New and revised draft texts were circulated for comments by Members and international partner organisations. Ad hoc Groups were convened or expert consultations conducted, at the request of Specialist Commissions, to inform its work.
At the February 2022 meeting of the AAHSC, BSC and TAHSC, each Commission reviewed comments received and agreed on final texts to be proposed for adoption.
During the 89th General Session, in May 2022, the World Assembly of Delegates discussed and adopted the new and revised texts proposed by the respective Specialist Commission. The adopted texts will be incorporated into the 2022 editions of the Aquatic Code and Terrestrial Code and the updated versions of the Aquatic Manual and the Terrestrial Manual, which are available on the WOAH website in August and July, respectively.
The standard-setting process will continue when the Commissions meet in September 2022.