06/20/17 07:23

OIE Regional Workshop on Preparation and Submission of Dossiers for the Official Recognition of CSF Free Status and for the Endorsement of Naitonal Official Control Programme for FMD in Asia and the Pacific

Tokyo, Japan, 20-22 June 2017

 

The OIE has developed a procedure for the official recognition of free status for the five diseases of economic importance: foot and mouth disease (FMD), African horse sickness (AHS), classical swine fever (CSF), contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and peste des petits ruminants (PPR). In addition, there is also recognition of the risk status of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and the endorsement of national official control programme for FMD, CBPP and PPR. The official status of OIE Member Countries is of great significance for international trade and constitutes one of the most important legal links between the OIE and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the framework of the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement), which entered into force in 1995. A country may either lose or enhance its commercial attractiveness in the eyes of potential or existing importing partners, depending on official recognition of its disease status. By acquiring and maintaining its official status, a country also demonstrates transparency and helps to promote animal health and public health worldwide, thereby gaining the trust of its partners and of the international community. However, reviews of applications for status recognition and for the endorsement of programme have revealed that some countries might face difficulties in preparing these dossiers, in particular to obtain, process and present complex information and more specifically to tailor and implement disease specific surveillance to demonstrate freedom as per laid out in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code.

In this context, The OIE organised the Workshop on Preparation and Submission of Dossiers for the Official Recognition of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) Free Status and for the Endorsement of National Official Control Programme for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Asia and the Pacific in Tokyo, Japan on 20-22 June 2017, which was attended by a total of 21 disease control experts/epidemiologist responsible for the preparation of dossiers from OIE Member Countries in Asia and the Pacific. The workshop aimed at: creating awareness for the official status recognition; providing the participants with information on the OIE standards and on the OIE procedures relevant to the official recognition of CSF status as well as to the OIE endorsement of national official control programme for FMD, and more generally for any official disease status recognition and endorsement of official control programme; capacitating OIE Member Countries on the preparation of dossiers for the endorsement of official control programme and for official recognition of disease status, and any other dossier substantiating disease freedom; clarifying the countries’ role and responsibilities when preparing and submitting applications; strengthening the regional network of veterinarians working on FMD and CSF; and providing expertise on technical questions.

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