New official disease status recognised by the OIE
The World Assembly of OIE Delegates distributed 17 certificates for official disease status recognition.
Paris, 25 May 2017 – OIE’s official disease status can be issued for six priority diseases and are of major importance to OIE Members. Recognised by the World Trade Organization (WTO), as reference standards in the field of animal health, these official status reflect the level of transparency and quality of the Veterinary Services of the country, increase the value of its livestock sector and facilitate access to regional and international markets.
New countries and zones obtained official recognition of their disease status* during the current World Assembly:
- Paraguay and Romania were recognised as being “free from CSF”, as well as a zone in Colombia;
- Botswana was recognised as being “free from PPR”;
- Poland was recognised as having a “negligible BSE risk”, as well as two zones in United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland);
- Brazil and South Africa were granted “free CBPP” status;
- A zone in Botswana was officially recognised as “free from FMD without vaccination”; Paraguay as well as several zones, one in Chinese Taipei and five in Kazakhstan, were recognised as “FMD free with vaccination”.
No control programmes were endorsed this year.
All recognised disease status will soon be available online.
To increase transparency all along the process for disease status recognition, and demonstrate its robustness, the OIE has revised its official procedure and presented it today to Member Countries.
*Countries can request official OIE recognition of their disease status in regard to the six following diseases: bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), foot and mouth disease (FMD), contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP), African horse sickness (AHS), peste des petits ruminants (PPR); classical swine fever (CSF).
Official endorsement of national control programmes applies to the following diseases: FMD, CBPP and PPR.