What is OIE?
OIE, is short for "World Organization for Animal Health", it was founded to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924.
OIE Reference Laboratory
- OIE Reference Laboratories are designated to pursue all the scientific and technical problems relating to a named disease or specific topic.
- In 2011, the OIE has a global network of 225 Reference Laboratories with 166 experts covering 111 diseases/topics in 37 countries, and 40 Collaborating Centres covering 38 topics in 21 countries.
- to function as a centre of expertise and standardisation for a designated disease(s)
- to store and distribute to national laboratories biological reference products and any other reagents used in the diagnosis and control of the designated disease(s) or topics
- to develop new procedures for diagnosis and control of the designated disease(s) or topics
- to gather, process, analyse and disseminate epizootiological data relevant to their speciality
- to place expert consultants at the disposal of the Office International des Epizooties
- Provision of scientific and technical training for personnel from Member Countries of the Office
- Provision of diagnostic testing facilities to Member Countries: In the case of results that are confirmed positive for diseases that are reportable to OIE, the Reference Laboratory should immediately inform the OIE Delegate of the Member Country from which the samples or iginated as well as the OIE Central Bureau.
- Organisation of scientific meetings on behalf of the Office
- Coordination of scientific and technical studies in collaboration with other laboratories or organisations
- Publication and dissemination of any information in their sphere of competence which may be useful to Member Countries of the Office