OIE Collaborating Centre

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is the intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide. It includes approximately 180 member countries and maintains permanent relations with 45 other international and regional organizations. The OIE headquarters is in Paris, France, and Regional Commissions are maintained in each region of the world. These Commissions work to strengthen surveillance, control animal diseases, and address problems specific to each region. The OIE is recognized as a reference organization by the World Trade Organization (WTO). OIE Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centers provide scientific and technical assistance, training and advice based on their expertise. 

IICAB’s work with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

The IICAB became an OIE Collaborating Centre for the Diagnosis of Animal Diseases and Vaccine Evaluation in the Americas in June 1998. This designation was shared with the USDA APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) and Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) until 2019. In 2019, the OIE designated IICAB and the Center for Veterinary Biologics as an OIE Collaborating Centre for Vaccine Evaluation in the Americas and the NVSL as an OIE Collaborating Center for the Diagnosis of Animal Diseases in the Americas.

As an OIE Collaborating Center, the IICAB provides scientific and technical assistance and expert advice upon request of the OIE, works to propose or develop procedures to facilitate harmonization of international regulations, and develops training courses, workshops and scientific meetings on topics related to the OIE mission.

Specific activities include:

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