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Current Issue : #2022-2

Update from 01/03/2024 to 29/09/2024

The national government of each Member appoints a representative for WOAH (founded as OIE), known as a Delegate, whose responsibility is to participate in the WOAH international standard-setting process, as well as to notify the Organisation of the animal health situation in their country. Discover the new Delegates on this page. Access the full list of WOAH Delegates here

  • 7 September 2022 Kuwait Dr Waleed Eissa Al-Oud

    Director of Animal Health Department, Animal Wealth Sector, Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAF)
  • 31 August 2022 Ecuador Dr Wilson Patricio Almeida Granja

    Director Ejecutivo de Agencia de Regulación y Control Fito y Zoosanitario, Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería
  • 22 August 2022 Malawi Dr Julius Lufeyo Chiwanga Chulu

    Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development
  • 2 August 2022 Greece Dr Sofia Boutsini

    Head of Animal Health Directorate, Ministry of Rural Development and Food
  • 1 August 2022 Moldova Dr Alexandru Manciu

    Deputy Director General, Agenţia Naţională pentru Siguranţa Alimentelor
  • 22 July 2022 Kyrgyzstan Dr Ashirbai Zhusupov

    Director of the Veterinary Service, Ministry of Agriculture
  • 18 July 2022 Malaysia Dr Akma binti Ngah Hamid

    Director General, Department of Veterinary Services, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries
  • 6 July 2022 Kuwait Dr Yousef S N S SH Al Azemi

    Head, Epidemiology and Zoonotic Diseases Section, Animal Health Department, Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources
  • 20 June 2022 Zambia Dr Geoffrey Muuka

    Acting Director, Department of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock
  • 10 June 2022 Panama Dr Cecilia Maricris Gonzalez de Escobar

    Directora Nacional de Salud Animal, Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario
  • 30 May 2022 Chad Dr Mahamat Nour Mallaye Abakar

    Directeur général des Services vétérinaires, Ministère de l’élevage et des productions animales
  • 12 May 2022 Kuwait Dr Waleed Eissa Al-Oud

    Director of Animal Health Department, Animal Wealth Sector, Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAF)
  • 9 May 2022 Türkiye Dr Durali Koçak

    Director General of Food and Control, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • 3 May 2022 Nepal Mr Ram Nandan Tiwari

    Director General, Department of Livestock Services
  • 1 May 2022 Vietnam Mr Long Nguyen Van

    Acting Director General, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 24 April 2022 Sudan Mr Elamir Mohamed

    Undersecretary, Ministry of Animal Resources
  • 19 April 2022 Algeria Dr Fairouz Bendahmane

    Directrice des Services vétérinaires, Ministère de l’agriculture et du développement rural
  • 13 April 2022 Chile Mr Carlos Orellana Vaquero

    Jefe de la División de Protección Pecuaria del Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (SAG)
  • 8 April 2022 Central African Republic Dr Étienne Nguertoum

    Directeur général des Services vétérinaires, Ministère de l’élevage et de la santé animale
  • 31 March 2022 Tunisia Dr Chedia Seghaier

    Chargée de la gestion de la Direction générale des Services vétérinaires, Ministère de l’agriculture, des ressources hydrauliques et de la pêche
  • 16 March 2022 Nigeria Dr Maimuna Abdullahi Habib

    Director, Veterinary Services, Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 10 March 2022 Bolivia Dr Javier Ernesto Suárez Hurtado

    Director General Ejecutivo, Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria e Inocuidad Alimentaria (SENASAG)
  • 9 March 2022 Guinea Dr Mohamed Idriss Doumbouya

    Directeur national des Services vétérinaires, Direction nationale des Services vétérinaires (DNSV), Ministère de l’agriculture et de l’élevage
  • 1 January 2022 South Sudan (Rep. of) Dr Agol Kwai

    Director General of Veterinary Services and Chief Veterinary Officer, Directorate of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries

Since its creation in 1924, WOAH (founded as OIE) has grown in stature and has gathered more Members. The full list of our Members can be consulted here.

The global network of Reference Centres of WOAH (founded as OIE) is the core of our scientific expertise. A WOAH Reference Centre is designated either as a Reference Laboratory or as a Collaborating Centre. View below the WOAH Reference Centres designated in May at this year’s General Session. View here the comprehensive list of our Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centres.

  • New OIE Reference Laboratories

    African swine fever

    Dr Zhiliang Wang
    National Surveillance and Research Center for Exotic Animal Diseases
    China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC)
    369 Nanjing Road
    Qingdao 266032
    Tel.: +86 532 85 63 91 66

    This new OIE Reference Laboratory focuses mainly on diagnosis, surveillance and research on African swine fever (ASF), running under a quality assurance system accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The laboratory applies multiple tools to its activities, including PCR, genotyping, genome sequencing, virus isolation and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays for ASF. The laboratory drafted and modified the national diagnostic standards and the national plan for the prevention and control of ASF and is therefore able to provide training courses on diagnosis, surveillance and field investigation for ASF. It can also provide assistance to OIE Members in capacity building for these purposes. Finally, the laboratory has animal biosafety level 3 facilities, which can be used for in-vivo studies or vaccine development.

    Avian influenza

    Dr Abdelsatar Arafa
    Reference Laboratory for Veterinary Quality Control on Poultry Production
    Animal Health Research Institute
    Agricultural Research Center
    Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation
    7 Nadi El-Said Street
    P.O. Box 12618
    Dokki, Giza
    Tel.: +20 2 33 37 09 58 / +20 2 33 37 09 57 / +20 2 33 38 01 21

    This new OIE Reference Laboratory will receive samples and provide diagnostic testing services for avian influenza. The laboratory will provide training in the diagnosis of avian influenza in response to requests from OIE Members. It can also support OIE Members through scientific and technical consultations on disease diagnosis and laboratory examinations. Finally, the laboratory will supply diagnostic materials to OIE Members for disease detection and serotyping.

    Bovine viral diarrhoea

    Dr Kerstin Wernike
    Institute of Diagnostic Virology
    Federal Research Institute for Animal Health
    Südufer 10
    17493 Greifswald – Insel Riems
    Tel.: +49 38351 7 1212

    This new OIE Reference Laboratory focuses on diagnosis and research related to bovine viral diarrhoea virus and other ruminant pestiviruses. It can perform diagnostic investigations involving genome detection, subtyping, sequencing, antigen detection, virus isolation and serology. This laboratory also organises inter-laboratory proficiency tests. The Reference Laboratory has extensive experience in the eradication of bovine viral diarrhoea and in the determination of freedom from the disease. It also provides technical consultations on the prevention and control of bovine viral diarrhoea.

    Brucellosis (Brucella abortus, B. melitensis)

    Dr Mahmoud Hamdy
    Department of Brucellosis Research
    Animal Health Research Institute
    Agricultural Research Center
    Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation
    7 Nadi El-Said Street
    P.O. Box 12618
    Dokki, Giza
    Tel.: +20 1 222 28 14 76

    This new OIE Reference Laboratory is devoted to surveillance, diagnosis, research and control programmes for brucellosis (Brucella abortus and B. melitensis). A variety of standard serological tests in addition to bacteriological/polymerase chain reaction identification of Brucella to the species/biovar level are undertaken. Diagnostic testing is performed under a quality assurance system certified to ISO/IEC 9001:2015 and accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017. The laboratory provides reference reagents, as well as consultation/training via an accredited training and consultation centre. The Reference Laboratory has the capacity to perform in-vivo studies on brucellosis in a biosafety level 3 animal house facility.

    Contagious equine metritis

    Dr Sandrine Petry
    ANSES – Laboratoire de santé animale, site de Normandie
    Unité de physiopathologie et d’épidémiologie des maladies équines
    14430 Dozulé
    Tel.: +33 2 31 79 22 76

    This new OIE Reference Laboratory, which is also the European Union Reference Laboratory for equine diseases (other than African horse sickness), including contagious equine metritis, has the expertise and resources for laboratory diagnostics and research on contagious equine metritis. Diagnostic tests are based on bacteriology, immunofluorescence and real-time PCR methods, which are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017. This laboratory provides anti-Taylorella equigenitalis serum for the slide agglutination test and identifies strains of the genus Taylorella. It is also able to organise inter-laboratory testing and can provide scientific and technical assistance, and training, in the diagnosis of contagious equine metritis.

    Equine influenza

    Dr Manabu Nemoto
    Equine Research Institute
    Japan Racing Association
    1400-4 Shiba, Shimotsuke, Tochigi 3290412
    Tel.: +81 285 44 0090

    This new OIE Reference Laboratory provides diagnosis, consultation and research for the prevention and control of equine influenza. The Equine Research Institute is owned by the Japan Racing Association, which is the horse racing authority in Japan. The laboratory has provided the OIE Expert Surveillance Panel on Equine Influenza Vaccine Composition with information on antigenic analysis using horse antisera. Additionally, the laboratory can supply horse antisera against H3N8 equine influenza virus for serological testing and positive controls for reverse-transcription PCR.

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  • New OIE Collaborating Centres

    Economics of animal health

    Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems
    Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) Programme
    Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences
    University of Liverpool
    Tel. +44 151 794 61 13

    This multi-national OIE Collaborating Centre will include participation from the following institutions:

    Norwegian Veterinary Institute
    P.O. Box 750 Sentrum
    0106 Oslo
    Tel. +47 91 61 85 87

    Department of Population Health Sciences
    Utrecht University
    Tel. +31 30 253 10 91

    The OIE Collaborating Centre for Economics of Animal Health will focus on the systematic use of and training in methods related to the economics of animal health with outcomes that are aligned with the Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) programme. Therefore, the Collaborating Centre will specialise in the following three areas:
    – improving methods to estimate animal disease and health burdens, including information on where they occur, who is affected, and the causes and risk factors;
    – improving access to and standardisation of animal disease and health burden information through the development of a shared, cloud-based knowledge engine;
    – improving the capacity to interpret and use information on animal diseases and health burdens.

    This will be achieved by a multi-disciplinary team of economists, epidemiologists, veterinary clinicians, computer scientists and educators. The team will include early career researchers and provide PhD opportunities as it aims to increase expertise in the discipline of animal health economics.

    Good beekeeping management practices and biosecurity measures in the apiculture sector

    Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Lazio e della Toscana
    Via Appia Nuova 1411
    00178 Roma
    Tel. +39 06 79 09 91

    The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Lazio e della Toscana (IZSLT) is one of ten Italian Governmental Institutes working within the Ministry of Health network to perform laboratory analysis, research, epidemiological surveillance and international cooperation activities in animal and public health, food safety, and livestock health and production.

    The Centre supports the OIE by assisting its Members in various activities related to the application of good beekeeping management practices and biosecurity measures in the apiculture sector. The Centre aims to increase the quality of hive production by encouraging the proper and prudent use of medicines in beekeeping, in line with the OIE 6th Strategic Plan.

    The main focus area of this OIE Collaborating Centre(1) is animal health management, including:
    – bee diseases
    – good beekeeping practices
    – biosecurity measures in beekeeping
    – early detection of bee diseases
    – monitoring bee health
    – innovation in the prevention and control of bee diseases, including sustainable approaches
    – coordination of experimental activities and field trials in different countries to monitor innovative approaches
    – diagnosis of bee diseases in the field
    – proper use of antimicrobials in bees and antimicrobial resistance.

    It also focuses on aspects of bee diseases that have a potential impact on humans:
    – infant botulism
    – allergies and intoxications caused by plant alkaloids (pollen)
    – aspergillosis
    – residues in hive products
    – epidemiology, monitoring and surveillance of honey bee diseases
    – risk assessment.

    (1) List of main focus areas and specialties for OIE Collaborating Centres

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