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Current Issue : #2021-1

Update from 04/03/2021 to 01/11/2021

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 November 2021 Sweden Dr Lena Hellqvist Björnerot

    Chief Veterinary Officer, Swedish Board of Agriculture, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
  • 4 October 2021 Ecuador Eng. Carlos Alberto Muentes Macías

    Director Ejecutivo, Agencia de Regulación y Control Fito y Zoosanitario AGROCALIDAD
  • 8 September 2021 United Arab Emirates Dr Kaltham Ali Kayaf

    Head of Laboratory Pesticides Analysis and Residues Section, National Laboratories, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
  • 23 August 2021 CÔTE D’IVOIRE Dr Vessaly Kallo

    Directeur des Services vétérinaires, Ministère des ressources animales et halieutiques
  • 6 August 2021 Ecuador Eng. Rommel Anibal Betancourt Herrera

    Director Ejecutivo, Agencia de Regulación y Control Fito y Zoosanitario AGROCALIDAD
  • 23 July 2021 Korea (Rep. of) Dr Dongsik Lee

    Chief Veterinary Officer, Director, Animal Health Policy Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • 21 July 2021 Kyrgyzstan Mr Almaz Sharshenbekov

    Director, State Inspectorate of Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Security
  • 1 July 2021 Ethiopia Dr Fikru Regassa Gari

    State Minister, Livestock Resources Development Sector, Ministry of Agriculture
  • 28 June 2021 Canada Dr Mary Jane Ireland

    Chief Veterinary Officer, Executive Director, Animal Health Directorate, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • 21 June 2021 France Dr Emmanuelle Soubeyran

    Directrice générale adjointe, Direction générale de l’alimentation, Ministère de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation
  • 9 June 2021 Burkina Faso Dr Adama Maiga

    Directeur général des Services vétérinaires, Ministère des ressources animales et halieutiques
  • 7 June 2021 Vanuatu Dr Ian Peebles

    Acting Principal Veterinary Officer, Biosecurity Vanuatu, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity
  • 7 June 2021 Ecuador Dr Julio César Paredes Muñoz

    Director Ejecutivo, AGROCALIDAD, Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería
  • 1 June 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr Saša Bošković

    Chief Veterinary Officer, Director of the Veterinary Office, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations
  • 24 May 2021 Poland Dr Krzysztof Jażdżewski

    Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, General Veterinary Inspectorate, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 7 May 2021 Bolivia Dr Patrick Renán Nogales Mejía

    Director General Ejecutivo, Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria e Inocuidad Alimentaria, Ministerio de Desarrollo Rural y Tierras
  • 5 May 2021 Mauritius Dr Pitmbarsing Beeharry

    Principal Veterinary Officer, Livestock and Veterinary Division, Agricultural Services, Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security
  • 3 May 2021 Tunisia Dr Hichem Bouzghaia

    Directeur général, Services vétérinaires, Ministère de l’agriculture, des ressources hydrauliques et de la pêche
  • 30 April 2021 Kyrgyzstan Dr Samir Osmonaliev

    Director, State Inspectorate of Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Security
  • 28 April 2021 Lithuania Dr Mantas Staškevičius

    Director, State Food and Veterinary Service
  • 28 April 2021 Japan Dr Masatsugu Okita

    Director of International Animal Health Affairs Office, Animal Health Division, Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • 22 April 2021 Uruguay Dr Enrique Diego De Freitas Netto

    Director General, Dirección General de Servicios Ganaderos, Ministerio de Ganadería, Agricultura y Pesca
  • 19 April 2021 Mongolia Dr Ganzorig Basan

    Chief Veterinary Officer, Director General, General Authority for Veterinary Services, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry
  • 13 April 2021 Burundi Dr Désiré Ntakirutimana

    Directeur, Département de la santé animale, Ministère de l’agriculture et de l’élevage
  • 6 April 2021 Ghana Dr Patrick Abakeh

    Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Service Directorate, Ministry of Food and Agriculture
  • 4 April 2021 Bangladesh Dr Shaikh Azizur Rahman

    Director General, Department of Livestock Services (DLS), Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock
  • 2 April 2021 Sri Lanka Dr Kasthuri Arachchige Chandrika Hemali Abeyratne Kothalawala

    Director General, Department of Animal Production and Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation & Fisheries
  • 29 March 2021 United States of America Dr Burke Healey

    Deputy Administrator, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services (USDA–APHIS–VS)
  • 26 March 2021 Cabo Verde Dr Ana Lina Pereira De Barros Olende

    Directrice, Services de l’élevage, Ministère de l’agriculture et de l’environnement
  • 15 March 2021 Suriname Dr Faizel Wilnis

    Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Animal Production and Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry 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
    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