Recommendations of Conferences of OIE Regional Commissions
Resolutions adopted by the World Assembly of the Delegates of the OIE
Update from 25/05/2018 To 31/12/2018
The national government of each Member Country appoints a representative for the OIE, known as the Delegate, whose responsibility is to participate in the OIE 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 OIE Delegates here.
31 December 2018 Mauritania Dr Baba DoumbiaDirecteur, Services vétérinaires, Ministère du développement rural
13 December 2018 Cuba Dr Yobani Gutiérrez RaveloDirector General, Dirección de Sanidad Animal, Ministerio de la Agricultura
10 December 2018 Pakistan Dr Khurshid AhmadAnimal Husbandry Commissioner, Ministry of National Food Security and Research
27 November 2018 Egypt Dr Mahmoud Mohamed Ali AbdelhakimChief Researcher, CVO and Chairman, General Organization for Veterinary Services (GOVS), Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation
14 November 2018 Chinese Taipei Dr Wen-Jane TuChief Veterinary Officer, Deputy Director General, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ), Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan
5 November 2018 Tanzania Dr Hezron Emmanuel NongaDirector of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries
1 November 2018 Serbia Dr Emina MilakaraChief Veterinary Officer, Acting Director, Veterinary Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management
1 November 2018 United States of America Dr Jack ShereChief Veterinary Officer, Deputy Administrator, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Veterinary Services (USDA–APHIS–VS)
17 October 2018 Afghanistan Dr Said Majdood RaihanActing Director General, Livestock and Animal Health General Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock
17 October 2018 Sudan Dr Ahmed Sheikh EldinChief Veterinary Officer, Undersecretary, Ministry of Animal Resources
1 October 2018 Germany Dr Dietrich RassowChief Veterinary Officer, Director for Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
7 September 2018 Peru Dr Mercedes Lucia Flores CancinoDirectora General, Dirección de Sanidad Animal, Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agraria (SENASA)
3 September 2018 Colombia Dr Deyanira Barrero LeónGerente General, Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA), Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural
1 September 2018 Argentina Dr Matías NardelloDirector Nacional de Sanidad Animal, Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASA), Ministerio de Agroindustria
28 August 2018 Belarus Dr Ivan SmilhinDeputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus, Director of the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision, Ministry of Agriculture and Food
27 August 2018 Turkmenistan Dr Myratgeldi GelenovActing Head, State Veterinary Service, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy
14 August 2018 Sierra Leone Dr Amadu Tejan JallohDeputy Director, Animal Health, Livestock and Veterinary Services Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security
9 August 2018 Israel Dr Tamir GoshenActing Director, Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
7 August 2018 Nigeria Dr Olaniran AlabiChief Veterinary Officer, Director, Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
6 August 2018 Bangladesh Dr Hiresh Rajan BhowmikDirector General, Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock
6 August 2018 Chad Dr Nodjimadji RirabeDirectrice des Services vétérinaires, Ministère de l’élevage et des productions animales
30 July 2018 Haiti Dr Haim Joseph CorvilCoordonnatrice de l’Unité de protection sanitaire (UPS), Ministère de l’agriculture, des ressources naturelles et du développement rural
18 July 2018 Kazakhstan Dr Tursyn KabduldanovDeputy Chairman, Committee for Veterinary Control and Supervision, Ministry of Agriculture
17 July 2018 Chile Dr David Héctor Guerra MaldonadoJefe de División de Protección Pecuaria, Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (SAG), Ministerio de Agricultura
2 July 2018 Mongolia Dr Tumendemberel DorjnyamChief Veterinary Officer, Director General, General Authority for Veterinary Services, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry
1 July 2018 Azerbaijan Dr Galib AbdulaliyevHead of Veterinary Division, Senior State Veterinary, State Food Safety Agency, Ministry of Agriculture
1 July 2018 Uganda Dr Anna Rose Ademun OkurutActing Commissioner, Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
30 June 2018 Congo (Rep. of the) Dr Tobi N’KayaDirecteur général de l’élevage, Direction générale de l’élevage, Ministère de l’agriculture, de l’élevage et de la pêche
29 June 2018 Thailand Dr Sorravis ThanetoDirector General, Department of Livestock Development (DLD), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
30 May 2018 Costa Rica Dr Federico Chaverri SuárezDirector General, Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal (SENASA), Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería
25 May 2018 Saint Lucia Dr Auria King-CenacChief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary and Livestock Services Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives
Since its creation in 1924, the OIE has become stronger and had gathered more Members. The full list of OIE Members can be consulted here. Find below the countries that have recently joined the Organisation, as well as more information about them.
Saint LuciaSaint Lucia joined the OIE on 26 May 2018, following the unanimous approval at the Administrative Session of the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE of its application for accession submitted on 10 October 2017. Saint Lucia thus became the 182nd OIE Member Country and the 31st Member of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas. The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1979 and is a member of the Commonwealth. The Government of Saint Lucia designated Dr Auria King-Cenac as its permanent Delegate to the OIE.
The global network of OIE Reference Centres is the core of the OIE’s scientific expertise and excellence. An OIE Reference Centre is designated either as a Reference Laboratory or as a Collaborating Centre. Discover on this page the OIE Reference Centres designated by the World Assembly of Delegates at the last General Session (May 2018). View the comprehensive list of OIE Reference Laboratories and OIE Collaborating Centres.
Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease
Designated reference expert: Dr Grace Chu-Fang Lo
International Center for the Scientific Development of Shrimp Aquaculture (CDSA), National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)
No. 500, Sec. 3 Anming Road, Annan District, Tainan City 709
This new OIE Reference Laboratory has a long-standing programme of work on shrimp diseases. Currently, CDSA’s research includes the new, rapidly spreading shrimp disease acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND), which is caused by a pathogenic strain of the opportunistic marine bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus. This pathogenic strain acquires a plasmid that expresses a deadly toxin. To develop potentially useful measures to control AHPND, the laboratory often partners with public institutions and the private sector of OIE Member Countries to collaborate on the pathogenesis of AHPND in shrimp, and for studies on microbiome dynamics during possible outbreaks of AHPND in shrimp grow-out ponds.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD)
Designated reference expert: Dr Sylvie L. Benestad
Norwegian Veterinary Institute, National Reference Laboratory for TSE in animals
P.O. Box 750 Sentrum, 0454 Oslo
Tel. +47 97 53 68 30
This new OIE Reference Laboratory has extensive experience in diagnosis of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) in small ruminants, cattle and cervids, and is the only Norwegian laboratory testing for TSE. The laboratory has a large collaborative network in Europe and North America and is particularly active in research, working on epidemiological studies and the characterisation of TSE strains. The TSE laboratory’s activities are subjected to quality assurance and are accredited under ISO/IEC 17025 by the Norwegian Accreditation Agency (NA).
Highly pathogenic avian influenza and low pathogenic avian influenza (poultry) and Newcastle disease
Designated reference expert: Dr Viktor N. Irza
Federal State-Financed Institution ‘Federal Centre for Animal Health’ (FGBI ‘ARRIAH’)
Yur’evets, Vladimir, 600901
This new OIE Reference Laboratory is located in the Federal Centre for Animal Health (FGBI ‘ARRIAH’), which operates under the auspices of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor). The laboratories are also National Rosselkhoznadzor Reference Laboratories for avian influenza and Newcastle disease. They provide diagnostic services, undertake epidemiological studies and research projects, and conduct national proficiency tests (ring trials). The laboratories are accredited under ISO/IEC 17025 by the Russian Federal Service for Accreditation. The scope of activities includes OIE compliant molecular, genetic, virological and serological methods. The laboratories are prepared to offer assistance in diagnostics and epidemiological studies to neighbouring countries.
Infectious bursal disease
Designated reference expert: Dr Xiaomei Wang
Division of Avian Immunosuppressive Disease
Harbin Veterinary Research Institute (HVRI)
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
678 Haping Road
People’s Republic of China
This new OIE Reference Laboratory focuses on diagnosis, epidemiology, research into prevention and control, and other services relating to infectious bursal disease (IBD). Two vaccines and two IBD diagnosis kits have been developed. The laboratory also undertakes national and international research projects focused on the pathogenicity and immunological mechanisms of IBD. The laboratory has been accredited to ISO 17025 by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS).
Infectious haematopoietic necrosis
Designated reference expert: Prof. Hong Liu
Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine Technical Centre
Shenzhen Exit & Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau
General Administration of Quality Supervision
Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of P.R. China
Room 907 of 1011 building
Guangdong Province, 518045
People’s Republic of China
This new OIE Reference Laboratory undertakes research on emerging and exotic aquatic animal diseases in China, especially viral diseases, focusing mainly on pathogenicity, genomics, epidemiology and rapid detection methods. The Laboratory provides technical support for the national entry–exit quarantine competent authority and domestic fishery agencies in disease surveillance, investigation and analysis of exotic and emerging diseases, epidemiological analysis, import risk assessment of aquatic animals and their products, and in drawing up aquatic animal quarantine trade protocols and contract terms.
Prof. Hong Liu has worked in aquaculture for over 20 years.
Infectious haematopoietic necrosis and Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia
Designated reference expert: Dr Kyle Garver
Pacific Biological Station – Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory (PBS-AAHL)
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
3190 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo V9T 6N7
Tel. +1-250 756 73 40
The Pacific Biological Station is a government facility operating under the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. It houses the national reference laboratories for infectious haematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) and viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV), which conduct regulatory diagnostics under the National Aquatic Animal Health Programme to prevent aquatic animal diseases from being introduced to or spread in Canada. In this role, the laboratories administer proficiency panels and control samples for IHNV and VHSV real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) testing, work towards the standardisation of diagnostic methods, and perform confirmatory testing. In addition, through maintenance of a biosafety level 2 aquarium facility, the laboratories conduct research on endemic aquatic viral diseases, with investigations focused on evaluating strain virulence, host response, development of diagnostic tools and vaccine efficacy studies. The laboratories’ activities are subjected to quality assurance and are accredited under ISO/IEC 17025 by the Standards Council of Canada.
Koi herpesvirus disease
Designated reference expert: Dr Sven M. Bergmann
German Reference Laboratory for KHVD, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Infectology
Südufer 10, 17493 Greifswald – Insel Riems
Tel. +49-38351 71150
This new OIE Reference Laboratory is located at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health in Germany, which is an independent higher federal authority operating under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture. The laboratory, which is the German reference laboratory for koi herpesvirus disease (KHVD), is in direct contact with government and federal state authorities regarding the classical, serological and molecular diagnosis of KHVD (including high throughput sequencing). It designs plans for KHVD eradication, and is involved in the development of vaccines against the disease.
The Reference Laboratory also develops new test methods for the molecular, histological and serological detection of KHV, and conducts national proficiency tests (ring trials) for quality assurance procedures for animal disease diagnosis. The laboratory has extensive experience in diagnosing diseases of fish, molluscs and crustaceans. It is accredited for diagnostic techniques for notifiable diseases of fish, covering a wide range of diagnostic methods.
Designated reference expert: Dr Min-Su Kang
Avian Bacteriology Laboratory, Avian Disease Research Division, Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA), Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA)
177, Hyeoksin 8–ro, Gimcheon–si, Gyeongsangbuk–do, 39660
Republic of Korea
Tel. +82 54 912 0818
The Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) is a government institute that is responsible for protecting animal health, animal welfare and plant health, and for undertaking animal and plant quarantine inspections in the Republic of Korea. This new OIE Reference Laboratory for salmonellosis is also the national reference laboratory for Salmonella in poultry. The laboratory develops new diagnostic methods and vaccines and conducts molecular epidemiological studies. The laboratory also performs confirmatory tests for the diagnosis of Salmonella infections in animals, and provides scientific and technical assistance and training to personnel from diagnostic laboratories in the Republic of Korea and other OIE Members of the Asia–Pacific region.
Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia
Designated reference expert: Dr Hyoung Jun Kim
Aquatic Animal Quarantine (AAQ) Laboratory, National Fishery Products Quality Management Service (NFQS), Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries
337 Haeyang-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, 49111
Republic of Korea
The National Fishery Products Quality Management Service (NFQS) is the competent authority for quarantine of aquatic animals imported into and exported from the Republic of Korea. The new OIE Reference Laboratory for viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS), hosted by the NFQS, provides expertise on validation of molecular methods for VHS diagnosis. In addition, it provides scientific and technical support as well as training in diagnosis for VHS and fish rhabdoviral diseases. The laboratory also offers, at the international level, high quality diagnostic services using molecular and virological tools. The laboratory undertook a research project jointly with the OIE Reference Laboratory for VHS in Denmark that led to the development of a novel reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, which had the same sensitivity of detection as the cell culture method. The test has been submitted for consideration by the OIE Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission for inclusion in the chapter on VHS in the OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals.