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New, Revised OIE Standards Adopted at 80th General Session

31 August 2012, at 1:00am

GLOBAL - One of the OIE's important missions is to safeguard world trade by publishing health standards for international trade in animals and animal products. To this end, the OIE regularly updates its international standards as new scientific information comes to light, following its established transparent and democratic procedures.

The only pathway for adoption of a standard is via approval of the World Assembly of Delegates at the General Session in May each year.

Significant updates achieved at the 80th General Session in 2012 include, among others, the adoption of the following standards that will affect aquatic veterinary issues:

Aquatic Animal Health Code

  • Communication (New Chapter 3.2.)
  • Monitoring of the quantities and usage patterns of antimicrobial agents used in aquatic animals (New Chapter 6.4.)
  • Development and harmonisation of national antimicrobial resistance surveillance and monitoring programmes for aquatic animals (New Chapter 6.5.)
  • Killing of farmed fish for disease control purposes (New Chapter 7.4.)

OIE recommendations on the Competencies of graduating veterinarians (Day 1 graduates) to assure National Veterinary Services of quality.

The OIE commits to continuously update its standards to ensure they are based on the latest scientific knowledge available. See for specifics of these changes to the OIE Code.

See for specifics of these changes to the OIE Code.


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