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Current Issue : #2022-1

Update from 01/11/2021 to 01/03/2022

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.

  • 1 March 2022 Denmark Dr Charlotte Vilstrup

    Chief Veterinary Officer, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
  • 22 February 2022 Romania Dr László Csutak-Nagy

    Vicepresident, Under State Secretary, National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority
  • 16 February 2022 Kazakhstan Dr Samat Tyulegenov

    Head of Department of Planning Veterinary Measures and Monitoring of Public Services, Committee of Veterinary Control and Supervision, Ministry of Agriculture
  • 16 February 2022 Mongolia Dr Batchuluun Damdinjaw

    Acting Director General and Chief Veterinary Officer
  • 3 February 2022 Bulgaria Prof. Dr Hristo Daskalov

    Executive Director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and Chief Veterinary Officer of Bulgaria
  • 1 February 2022 Saint Lucia Dr Sharmine Melville-Edwin

    Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary and Livestock Services Division, National Agricultural Diagnostic Facility, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development
  • 24 January 2022 Bolivia Dr Robin Cuellar Roca

    Jefe Nacional de Sanidad Animal, Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria e Inocuidad Alimentaria (SENASAG)
  • 4 January 2022 Botswana Dr Letlhogile Oarabile

    Acting Director of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security
  • 20 December 2021 United States of America Dr Rosemary Sifford

    Deputy Administrator, Veterinary Services, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA–APHIS–VS)
  • 11 December 2021 Iran Dr Seyed Mohammad Aghamiri

    Head of Iran Veterinary Organization (IVO), Ministry of Agriculture-Jahad
  • 8 December 2021 Pakistan Mr Dr Muhammad Akram

    Animal Husbandry Commissioner, Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Shaheed-e-Millat Secretariat
  • 15 November 2021 Madagascar Dr Vincent Michel Rakotoharinome

    Directeur des Services vétérinaires, Ministère de l’agriculture et de l’élevage
  • 1 November 2021 Bangladesh Dr Monjur Mohammad Shahjada

    Director General, Department of Livestock Services (DLS), Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock
  • 10 September 2021 Korea (Dem. People’s Rep. of) Dr Un Sil Ri

    Director of Anti Epidemic Department, Chief of Veterinary Services, Veterinary and Anti-Epizootic Department, Ministry of Agriculture

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
    E-mail: [email protected]

    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
    E-mail: [email protected]

    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
    E-mail: [email protected]

    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
    E-mail: [email protected]

    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
    E-mail: [email protected]

    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
    E-mail: [email protected]

    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.

  • 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
    E-mail: [email protected]

    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
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Department of Population Health Sciences
    Utrecht University
    Tel. +31 30 253 10 91
    E-mail: [email protected]

    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
    E-mail-1: [email protected]
    E-mail-2: [email protected]

    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