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Workshop for OIE National Focal Point for Animal Production Food Safety

Tokyo, 31 Oct - 2nd Nov 2012

During the 76th General Session of the World Assembly of National Delegates in May 2008 the importance of the focal point for information on animal diseases was re-iterated and Delegates were also requested to nominate additional focal points for wildlife, veterinary products, animal production food safety, animal welfare and aquatic animal diseases.

As detailed in the final report of the General Session, the responsibilities of the focal points are under the authority of the OIE Delegate. Any information transmitted to the OIE from the different focal points needs to be transmitted under the designated authority of the OIE Delegate. This practice would equally apply, if focal points are located in other Departments or Ministries not under jurisdiction of the Veterinary Authority, as from a legal perspective the OIE considers the official OIE Delegate to be the unique representative of the country.

The OIE has launched a global programme of capacity building for OIE Delegates and OIE Focal Ponts. This programme's aim is to explain and clarify the roles and responsibilities of Focal Points nominated by the OIE Delegates and to facilitate consistency and harmonisation amongst OIE members when assigning responsibilities to these officials.

Within this programme's framework, a Workshop for OIE National Focal Points for Animal production Food Safety has been held in Tokyo, Japan from 31 October to 2 November 2012.


TOR for National Focal Points for Animal Production Food Safety