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OIE family meets at the Headquarters

From 24 to 27 October, the staff of the OIE Regional and Sub Regional Representations, as well as the Headquarters, met in Paris to discuss the strategies and activities the Organization will carry out in 2018.

Key topics as Antimicrobial Resistance, interaction with Delegates, election to the Specialist Commissions and of the Council Members and Regional Bureau of the regional Commissions were addressed.

This kind of meetings, which are organized every year, are an opportunity to share regional experiences and realities and to strengthen the links among the OIE’s community.


Colombia met with the OIE

The Colombian delegation headed by Dr Aurelio Iragorri Valencia, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia, met at the OIE headquarters with Dr Monique Eloit, the General Director, to expose the work done by the Colombian Institute of Agriculture (ICA) during the recent focus of Foot and Mouth disease detected in Colombia. The general manager of ICA and OIE’s Delegate, Dr Martínez Lacouture, the assistant manager in animal protection, Dr Angulo Mosquera, and the Technical Director of Epidemiology of ICA, Dr Díaz Martínez, took part in this meeting as members of the delegation.


Meeting of the Americas

On August 24 and 25, the Executive Board of the Regional Commission and the OIE Council Members from the Americas, met at the regional Office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to coordinate activities which will be developed in the Americas. 

The agenda of the meeting included the following topics:

- Next Regional Conference to be celebrated in Dominican Republic in 2018

- Next meeting of the Executive Board of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas

- Relevant topics of the OIE Council

- Election of experts to the OIE’s Specialist Commissions 

- Election of Executive Board and Council members from Americas in 2018

- Activities of the Regional and Sub Regional Representation in the following year

- Antimicrobial Resistance: Joint actions with other organizations at regional level

- CAMEVET (American Committee Veterinary Medicinal Products)

Dr Monique Eloit, OIE General Director, participated electronically in this meeting and expressed the importance of these coordination activities, which will be extended to other OIE Regions.


Antimicrobial resistance: cooperation between International Organizations in the Americas

On August 17 and 18, representatives from the international organizations acting in the Americas: PANAFTOSA-PAHO/WHO, FAO, OIE, IICA and OIRSA as well as an invited expert, Dr Armando Hoet from Ohio University (USA) met to exchange information, joint efforts and align activities to support Americas’ countries in the implementation of their National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). At such meeting, a common agenda was established, including all the activities connected to AMR carried out by the organizations and to be published on their websites. In addition, it was agreed to develop regular meetings to align strategies and to develop coordinated actions on common subjects. The first step will be a joint communication event for the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, from November 13 to 19, 2017. 


Facilitating safe international trade

The Regional Workshop named “OIE Standards: Facilitating safe international trade” was celebrated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 22 to 24 August and thanks to the support of the European Union.

The OIE, which up to now has 181 Member Countries, is the World Trade Organization reference organization for standards relating to animal health and zoonosis. The OIE standards are updated each year and published on the Codes and Manuals, which are reference documents for use by Veterinary Authorities, import and export services, and all those involved in international trade of animals and animal products.

The objective of the workshop was to allow participants develop a better understanding of the OIE standard setting process and the benefits when applying OIE Standards for safe international trade of animals and animal products, avoiding unjustified trade barriers.

“The challenge is to ensure an active participation of Americas’ countries in the process of development and updating of OIE Standards” said Dr Serrano, OIE Sub Regional Representative for Central America. 

The OIE Delegates and the representatives of the Veterinary Services engaged in international trade of animals and animal products from 23 Americas Member Countries participated in this Workshop.

In addition, at the opening ceremony, several authorities of the host country were present: Dr Ricardo Maresca, National Director of Animal Health of SENASA; Dr Mario Giachello, Deputy Technical Director of the General Directorate of Customs; and Engineer Juan José Grigera Naón, Appointed Council Member of the Institute for the Promotion of the Argentinian Meat (IPCVA). In addition to the OIE regional representatives: Dr Luis Barcos and Dr Emerio Serrano.

The workshop, which included presentations made by experts, practical exercises and round table discussions, provided participants with tools that will enable them to develop regional and national positions, involving the private sector, in order to apply the appropriate sanitary measures in line with OIE Standards. In addition, it provided guidelines for an active participation in the development of proposals to the OIE Standards and in the preparation of technical comments to keep them updated and in line with the most recent scientific advances.

By holding this kind of activities, the World Organization for Animal Health reinforces the Veterinary Services’ capacities as main actors at the front lines of Animal and Public Health.

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Thanks to the co-financing of the European Union, the OIE will carry out a Regional Workshop about “OIE Standards: Facilitating Safe International Trade” from August 22 to 24, in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The OIE Delegates of the Americas’ Member Countries and/or the main authorities in charge of animals and animal products trade in the region will participate in such meeting.

The main objective of this Workshop is that participants develop a better understanding of the OIE Standards setting process and of the benefits for safe trade when applying OIE Standards. 

In addition, the meeting will be a great opportunity to highlight the importance of their active participation in this process.

By holding this workshop, the OIE is in part fulfilling the Strategic Objective 3 of its 6th Strategic Plan – Ensuring the Capacity and Sustainability of Veterinary Services.


Electronic meeting with ALA

The staff of the OIE Regional Representation for the Americas (RRA) and the Steering Committee members of the “Asociación Latinoamericana de Avicultura” (ALA) held an electronic meeting on July 17th to discuss topics of common interest and to coordinate cooperation activities. 

The agenda included the ALA proposal of creation of a compensation system at regional level and the re launch of the Interamerican Committee on Avian Health (CISA, in Spanish).

Furthermore, Dr Barcos, the OIE Regional Representative for the Americas, mentioned the renovation that the OIE is carrying out on the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) and invited ALA’s members to provide inputs and make suggestions about its functionalities. In addition, he expressed the possibility that one veterinarian expert funded by ALA works at the OIE offices as a chargée de mission to develop tasks related to poultry from an international perspective and acquire experience on this area.

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed to start developing the projects and to discuss them in the “XXV Congreso Latinoamericano de Avicultura”, to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in September of this year.

The online version of the 20th edition (2017) of the Aquatic Animal Health Code is now available and can be accessed from the OIE public web site .

The new edition of the Aquatic Code incorporates modifications agreed at the 85th General Session held from 21-26 May 2017.

During its 85th General Session, the President of the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission (Aquatic Animals Commission) proposed the adoption of 16 revised chapters (including the glossary).

This edition includes, among others, the following updates:

–        revisions to several definitions in the glossary;

–        Chapter 1.2. 'Criteria for listing aquatic animal diseases' has been extensively amended to align with the corresponding chapter in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code;

–        a new disease, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, has been added to Chapter 1.3. 'Diseases listed by the OIE' and some disease names have been amended;

–        minor amendments have been made in Chapters 4.3. 'Disinfection of aquaculture establishments and equipment’, 4.4. 'Recommendations for surface disinfection of salmonid eggs' and 5.1. 'General obligations related to certification';

–        a number of horizontal amendments were made in all crustacean disease-specific chapters, to improve readability. In addition, the list of susceptible species in Article X.X.2. in Chapters 9.2., 9.3., 9.4., 9.5., 9.6. and 9.8. was reviewed and amended, where relevant, after consideration of the application of the 'Criteria for listing species as susceptible to infection with a specific pathogen' (Chapter 1.5.);

–        a new chapter on acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (Chapter 9.1.) has been added;

–        Article X.X.8. in all disease-specific chapters was revised to more adequately describe the requirements for the importation of aquatic animals for aquaculture from a country, zone or compartment not declared free from disease X;

Further details regarding the text amended in the 2017 edition of the Aquatic Code are available in Annexes 2 to 11 of the February 2017 meeting report of the Aquatic Animals Commission which is available on the OIE public web site.

Annexes 26 to 28 of the February 2017 meeting report of the Aquatic Animals Commission, present new or revised draft chapters for the OIE Aquatic Code and Aquatic Manual and Member Countries’ comments on these must reach OIE Headquarters by 4th August 2017 to be considered at the September 2017 meeting of the Aquatic Animals Commission.


Coming soon: XXIII CAMEVET Seminar, Asuncion, Paraguay

The XXIII Seminar on Harmonisation of Registration and Control of Veterinary Products will be held in Asuncion, Paraguay, on November 6th to 10th. 

The Americas’ OIE Focal Points for Veterinary Products and the representatives of the chambers of Veterinary Products Industry will meet in a framework of open and true discussion. This committee has an annual meeting since 1998.

The Seminar will include a Workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance organized by the OIE, which will be held on November 9th.

Próximamente estará disponible el formulario de registro, la agenda del evento y toda la información requerida para su participación.

The registration form, the agenda of the event and all the information required for your participation will be available soon on this website.

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New Technical Assistant

Dr Catya Itzel Martínez Rivas born in Panama and Doctor in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Panamá, has begun her new her new position as Technical Assistant at the OIE Sub Regional Representation for Central America in June.

At her professional career, Dr Martínez Rivas developed field activities such as epidemiological surveillance and health care tasks. In addition, she has experience in the Panamanian Veterinary Services: she has been the Animal Health coordinator in Bocas del Toro, where she was in charge of the implementation of animal diseases control programmes. She also worked at the Epidemiology Department, where coordinated the implementation of an epidemiological information system allowing to know the situation of notifiable diseases at the national level.

Catya held office as National Focal Point for Animal Disease Notification and for Veterinary Products in Panama, taking part in several courses and workshops. She also represented the official sector in the CAMEVET Executive Board.

Her arrival at the OIE Sub Regional Representation for Central America is part of the cooperation agreement held between the OIE and the Panamanian Ministry of Agricultural Development. We wish her a warm welcome. 


New Technical Assistant

Dr María Eugenia Chimenti jointed the OIE Regional Representation for the Americas in June this year as technical assistant.

Dr Chimenti graduated as a Veterinarian at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and specialized in Veterinary Public Health (focused on Animal Welfare). She is part of the Food Safety volunteering at such University.

María Eugenia accomplished a seven months internship at the Office in which she worked on subjects connected to the Tripartite Alliance WHO-FAO-OIE “One Health”, especially on the Antimicrobial Resistance. 

Furthermore, she is teacher of Spanish as foreign language (ELSE), certificated at “International House World Organization”.

From the OIE Regional Representation for the Americas we wish her a warm welcome and we hope she continue working and growing professionally on issues related to “One Health”. 


Strengthening the capabilities of the Veterinary Services to the Biological Threat Reduction

The Workshop on Legislation and Biological Threat Reduction for OIRSA Member Countries was held in the City of Panama on June 20th to 22nd thanks to the financial support from the Canadian Government. The meeting was attended by 50 participants including OIE Delegates as well as staff from the Veterinary Services, Ministries of Health, Law Enforcement Agencies, Emergency management Agencies and Government lawyers. Also, representatives from UN Agencies as well as the US Federal Bureau of Investigation participated in the meeting.

During the workshop, different topics were discussed:

- The role of the Agencies involved in biological threat reduction and their missions

- OIE perspectives and actions on biological threat reduction

- The OIE Veterinary Legislation and Biological Threat Reduction Support Programme (VLSP) 

Furthermore, Delegates from the OIE Member Countries had the opportunity to present the current status of implementation and enforcement of their national biothreat legislation as well as the interaction with other National Agencies.

Attendants had the chance to participate in a tabletop simulation exercise, where different national Agencies had to react after the presentation of the chronology of a hypothetical agroterrorism attack.

The OIE is currently working on this topic at the global level and will develop, from October 31st to November 2nd , the second World Conference on Biological Threats Reduction in Ottawa, Canada. The Conference aims to continue to raise awareness for the need to reduce biological threats.

More information can be accessed through:

– The #OIEbiothreat2017 hashtag at social media

– The dedicated website 


Agreement between OIE and PANVET

The Pan American Association of Veterinary Sciences (PANVET) and the OIE sign a cooperation agreement, which is approved by the World Assembly of Delegates at the 85º OIE General Session.

PANVET is a leading union association, constituted by 15 Veterinary Statutory Bodies from the Americas Region (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela). It defines, working with them, the union policies, innovations and recommendations to promote the progress of the Veterinary practices and sciences in the Americas. Therefore, it serves to the human development and keeps the profession leadership in the Region.

The Parties agree to strengthen their collaboration in the following areas of activity, where both Parties share strong mutual interests:

- One Health

- Antimicrobial Resistance

- Responsible use of antimicrobials

- Rabies and other zoonotic diseases

- Public Health and biodiversity

- Statutory Veterinary Bodies

- OIE Standards

- Veterinary Education 

The OIE Regional Representation for the Americas is currently working with PANVET to delineate the actions to be taken in the following months.

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85th General Session of the OIE

From May 21 to 26, the 85th General Session of the OIE was celebrated in Paris, France. In such meeting, the modification of 32 OIE standards for terrestrial animals was adopted as well as 21 standards for aquatic animals. Five new standards for terrestrial animals as well as 2 for aquatic animals were also adopted. Also, 17 certificates for official status recognition were provided. In the Americas Region, Paraguay was officially recognized by the OIE as “free from classical swine fever” as well as “FMD free with vaccination”. Also, a zone in Colombia was officially recognized by the OIE as “free from classical swine fever”. Finally, Brazil was officially recognized by the OIE as “free from Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia” status.

During the General Session, a meeting of the Regional Commission for the Americas was carried out and had the participation of 21 Delegates from Member Countries or their representatives from the region. In this meeting, the activities developed by the Council members as well as by the Regional Commission were presented. In addition, the two vacant positions in the Executive Board were covered: Dr Jaén Hernández, Delegate of Costa Rica, was elected as Vice President, and Dr Kochhar, Delegate of Canada, as General Secretary.

The Americas had the honor of welcoming its most recent Member Country, Curazao, increasing the amount of OIE Member Countries to 181.

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During the Opening ceremony of the OIE 85th General Session, the awards of the OIE Photo Competition were given. This competition had two categories and one winner for each one in each region: Veterinary Students and OIE Global Network.

For the Americas, Dr Fernando Kluwe Dias, from Brazil, was awarded in the OIE Global Network category thanks to his photo “Campo e tecnologia” and Miss Ginger Hobgood, from the United States, was awarded in the Veterinary Students category thanks to her photo “Vaccines and dewormer for a Navajo Churro sheep herd”.

From the OIE Regional Representation for the Americas we want to congratulate the winners and all the participants from our region for illustrating the importance of the work carried out by Veterinarians and we invite you to continue taking part in the next editions of the competition. Click on the images of the awards ceremony to see the winners photos.



On Saturday 20th May, prior to the beginning of the 85° General Session, the Seminar for New Delegates was carried out in the OIE Headquarters in Paris, France. Many of the recently appointed Delegates from the Americas Region took part in this Seminar: Dr Rodriguez Alvarado from Honduras, Dr Velasco Denvers from Panama, Dr Quevedo Valle from Peru, Dr Barre Albera from Uruguay and Dr Kochhar from Canada.

The Seminar, which is developed every year, seeks to provide tools and information to the New Delegates about their roles and responsibilities as their countries highest authorities. The importance of an active participation of the Delegates in the setting and updating process of OIE Standards was highlighted during the Seminar. There were also presentations about the OIE activities and structure as well as about the key role of the Focal Points in the support to the Delegates tasks.

From the Regional Representation for the Americas we welcome all the new Delegates to the OIE.



Prior to the beginning of the 85th General Session, the Delegates from the Americas carry out a preparatory meeting to discuss the OIE Standards under revision and to adopt common regional positions. 

This meeting continues the work done with IICA support, in Costa Rica, during the “Workshop Strategy Session - OIE Code Chapters”, carried out in April this year.


Antimicrobial Resistance from One Health perspective

The OIE takes part in the validation of the FAO Project: “Support to the development of National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance in Latin America and the Caribbean”, under the One Health concept.

On 4 and 5 May, a workshop for the presentation and validation of the instrument that will be used for the collection of information related to antimicrobial resistance surveillance and containment in the Food and Agriculture sector was carried out.

The workshop objective was that different regional authorities develop a multi stakeholder analysis of this instrument. Dr Luis Barcos, who is the OIE Regional representative for the Americas; Dr Marisa Caipo and Dr Leopoldo del Barrio, from the FAO regional office for Latin America and Caribbean; Dr Simone Raszl, from PANAFTOSA; Dr Luis Alberto Espinoza Rodezno, from OIRSA, took part of this workshop, together with other members of Veterinary and Health Services from regional countries.

On this first stage, the project will be directed to six countries: Ecuador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, El Salvador and Cuba. The project seeks to obtain three outputs with regard to the Antimicrobial Resistance: Awareness and advocacy, governance and capacities for risk management.


34th VICH Steering Committee and 8th VICH Outreach Forum Meetings

The VICH Steering Committee accepted the invitation from Argentina and CAMEVET to hold the 34th VICH Steering Committee and the 8th VICH Outreach Forum (VOF) meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Steering Committee, the OIE and the VOF members participated in these meetings.

The meetings took place from 27 February to 2 March 2017, and were the first VICH meetings ever to be held in an Outreach Forum member country as part of the VICH outreach initiative.

The participants received feedback from VOF members on the extent of the acceptance of studies conducted according to VICH Guidelines, the implementation of pharmacovigilance systems in Outreach Forum member countries, and the use of VICH guidelines in the development of local strategies for the registration of veterinary antimicrobials.

Further discussions focused on strategies to implement VICH Guidelines for vaccine registration requirements and the development of strategic plans to address antimicrobial resistance. 

All VICH draft and final Guidelines are available on the VICH website (

The 35th VICH Steering Committee meeting and the 9th VOF meeting are scheduled to take place between 13 and 16 November 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. 

The 6th VICH Public Conference will be held on 7 & 8 February 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa

World Veterinary Day (WVD) will take place globally on 29 April 2017. This event aims to highlight and promote the different facets of the work performed by veterinarians all over the world, and to raise awareness on their contribution to improve animal health and welfare, as well as public health. 

Each year, a different topic is selected by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) which are at the initiative of this event.

Theme 2017: Antimicrobial Resistance - from awareness to action


Dr. Kochhar: New OIE Delegate from Canada

Dr. Harpreet S. Kochhar was appointed as the Government of Canada’s Delegate to the OIE in February 2017.  Dr. Kochhar holds the position of Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for Canada. He joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in 2002 as a Senior Animal Biotechnology Policy Specialist.

He has since held a number of senior-level positions within the CFIA, including Executive Director of the Animal Health Directorate, Executive Director of Operations Strategies and Delivery, and Executive Director of Western Area Operations.

Dr. Kochhar joined the CFIA from the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College where he was an assistant professor with research interests in animal biotechnology. He also worked as a veterinarian in private practice prior to joining the CFIA.

Dr. Kochhar is a veterinarian by training with a Master's degree in Veterinary Science and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in biotechnology. He is an expert on animal biotechnology for the OIE and has worked internationally with such organizations as the FAO.

As CVO and OIE delegate, Dr. Kochhar leads Canada's efforts to effectively manage current and emerging disease threats in order to protect animal and human health, and to maintain international trust in Canada's inspection and certification systems in support of market access.


Arrival of Dr Vergara Zarate from Paraguay (at OIE Headquarters)

Dr Patricia Eliana Vergara Zarate started her new functions as Chargée de mission within the World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department on January 12, 2017.

Patricia Eliana will be responsible for carrying out the verification process (qualitative, quantitative and historical consistency) and archiving of the monthly, biannual and annual reports including on the diseases of the wild animals sent to the OIE through WAHIS. She will also join the tracking team to extend its searching capacity. Patricia Eliana will also provide technical support to users of WAHIS and will actively participate in future improvements to the OIE's animal health information system, as well as new platforms such as WAHIS Alerts smartphones application, World Animal Health, etc.

Veterinarian by training, Patricia Eliana graduated from the National University of Asunción (San Lorenzo, Paraguay).

Patricia Eliana previously was Veterinary on the Epidemiology Area of the Servicio Nacional de Calidad y Salud Animal (SENACSA).

We wish her a warm welcome!


Workshop for the OIE Focal Points for Wildlife

From 21 to 23 March, the 4th Cycle of the Regional Workshop for the OIE Focal Points for Wildlife will be held in Asuncion, Paraguay.

The first Cycle of the training workshop, which was carried out in Panama in 2009, aimed to provide information about the OIE, the activities developed by the OIE Working Group on Wildlife diseases and the importance of the pathogens in wild animals.

In 2011, in Argentina, the second cycle took place with the main objective of improving the notification of the wildlife diseases.

The third cycle was developed in Canada in 2014. During it, subjects such as risk analysis, trade and diagnostic methods were deepened.

The OIE Focal Points for Wildlife, designated by the Delegates from the Americas Member Countries, will meet again this year with the objective of updating their knowledge of their roles and responsibilities in supporting and strengthening the implementation of the OIE Standards. And in this way, to continue working to improve the wildlife health and welfare in the Americas Region. 


Dr Emerio Serrano Ramírez: New OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Central America

The Americas Region welcomes the new OIE Sub Regional Representative for Central America: Dr Emerio Serrano Ramírez.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Specialist in Epizootiology, Dr Serrano has developed clinical field activities in cows, sheep, goats and horses during his career. He also has more than 30 years of experience in management work within the Veterinary Services, at national, regional and provincial level of the Cuban Veterinary Medicine Institute, country where he was born.

As a specialist in epizootiology, he took part in the elaboration, implementation, conduction and assessment of endemic diseases prevention, control and eradication programs, and of Cuba’s exotic diseases national programs of emergency. Furthermore, he assisted in the design, implementation and updating of the Cuba’s epizootiological information and surveillance system.

Dr Serrano also developed and directed programs of prevention, confrontation and mitigation of health disasters, and took part actively in the development of the Veterinary Medicine Law of his country.

He has directed several international projects in the Animal Health field, sponsored by FAO, OPS/OMS and OIEA. He took part in several missions for the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services as an OIE expert and for the support to Foot and Mouth Disease Control Programmes in Latin America.  He also took part in missions for Cuba’s technical cooperation in area countries and in Angola.

Cuba’s OIE Delegate from 1987 to 2011, he held the position of President or Vice-president of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas in many opportunities. In 2010, he was distinguished with the OIE Gold Medal. 

The Americas Region wishes Dr Emerio Serrano a warm welcome and the best in this new stage.


Dr Daza Gutiérrez: New chargée de mission from Bolivia at OIE Headquarters

Dr Hernán Oliver Daza Gutiérrez started his new functions as Chargée de mission within the Status Department on 6 February, 2017.

Hernán Oliver will be in charge of the collection and analysis of scientific and normative documents submitted by Member Countries in support of their application for recognition of official disease status or endorsed national control programme recognition and the annual maintenance of status in accordance with the standard operating procedure. He will Participate in the evaluation of dossiers submitted by OIE Member Countries in support of their self-declaration of freedom against the relevant articles of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code and in accordance with established standard operating procedures. He will contribute to the implementation of the FAO/OIE Global Strategy for FMD.

Veterinarian by training, Hernán Oliver graduated from the Universidad Autónoma "Gabriel Rene Moreno" (Santa Cruz, Bolivia). He has a Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine and a Doctorate in Animal Science both delivered by the Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais-UFMG (Belo Horizonte, Brazil).

Hernán Oliver previously was Manager of the National Department of Epidemiology in the National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety SENASAG (Trinidad, Bolivia). The Americas Region wishes him a warm welcome. 


Meeting with the Panamanian Ministry of Agricultural Development

The OIE Regional Representative for the Americas, Dr Luis Barcos, met in the city of Panama with the engineer Eduardo Enrique Carles, Minister of Agricultural Development of the Centro American country. During the meeting, the officials mainly talked about the cooperation between the OIE and the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA in Spanish). As a way of strengthening the links between the two bodies, Panama’s Government is going to send an expert to work at the OIE Sub-Regional office, located in such country. Furthermore, and taking into account the proximity of the Regional Workshop for the OIE Focal Points for Wildlife, it was discussed the possibility of developing wildlife surveillance activities in the watershed of the Panama Canal.   

VICH (International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products) is a trilateral programme between the United States, the European Union and Japan, aimed at harmonising technical requirements for veterinary products registration. Countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa take part as observers, who are committed to implement the adopted VICH Guides.

The VICH’ Steering Committee is composed by official representatives from USA, EU and Japan, and the industry from these three regions.

The Outreach Forum, whose meetings are held together with the Steering Committee ones, was established in 2011. This Forum was created since a meeting between VICH and other countries (China, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, Korea, Asian Regional Organization and African Regional Organization), with the OIE support and participation, and CAMEVET was invited to take part in this meeting with others regional countries (Argentina, Brazil and Mexico). The meeting objective was to approach the mentioned countries to discuss the possibility of the use of the VICH guides in order to harmonize and facilitate the registration process, and to reduce the use of animals in the development and assessment of products.

The Steering Committee meets approximately every 6 months at one of the member regions countries. After the Forum meeting in Brussels, CAMEVET was invited to organize in Buenos Aires the 34th VICH Steering Committee and the 8th VICH Outreach Forum to be held from February 27 to March 2, 2017.

In the framework of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, adopted by WHO Member States in May 2015, the OIE, supported by FAO and WHO within the tripartite collaboration, has taken the lead to build a global database on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals. The OIE’s partners acknowledge this accomplishment as a major milestone in the global effort to contain antimicrobial resistance.

Following the first round of data collection, we are pleased to inform that the first Annual report on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals: Better understanding of the Global Situation for 2016 is now available for download. The Spanish version will be available soon. The project is currently in the second phase of data collection.

In this way, it is demonstrate that National Veterinary Services are key contributors for the global challenge of managing antimicrobial resistance.

Would you like to know more about Antimicrobial Resistance? In the following interview given to the Argentina media “Agrositio” (, the OIE Regional Representative for the Americas explains why this threat is a challenge for all sectors and the measures that must be taken to prevent it. Everybody can do something in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance. Watch the video to find out how. 

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Electronic meeting for discussing OIE standards under revision

A total of 20 countries and 70 participants from Americas Region took part in the electronic meeting that was held with the Specialist Commissions experts to discuss the OIE standards under revision. These meetings, which are held regularly in our region, try to clarify doubts regarding the commission reports interpretation and the way of making comments to the standards.

Following the OIE procedures to set standards, Member Countries’ Delegates must submit the comments on OIE standards under revision by a deadline. Then the Specialist Commissions examine these comments and the resulting documents of these examinations are submitted for approval of the OIE World Assembly of Delegates at the General Session in May each year. This way, the transparency of the standard development process is ensured.

Click to access to the reports of the Specialist Commissions that are available online and incorporate as appendices the accepted reports from OIE working and ad hoc groups: Code, Scientific, Laboratories, Aquatic.

In the following chart you could see how the complete standardization process is.


Meeting of the Argentinian National Commission for the Control of the Antimicrobial Resistance

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The Argentinian National Commission for the Control of the Antimicrobial Resistance, created in 2015 by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health, held a meeting with the objective of pooling the following measures that will be developed. The majority of the agents involved in the commission took part in the meeting as well as many public and private organizations that are working on the subject.

Dr Luis Barcos, in his role as OIE Regional Representative for the Americas, was invited to participate and he mentioned during the meeting the OIE global commitment undertaken together with OMS and FAO to tackle this problem within the framework of the “One Health” concept.

In this way, the OIE Regional Representation for the Americas continues to support and encourage all the initiatives that are being taken by the Region to combat this global threat.


“Animal welfare for a better world”

"The OIE strives to make the world a better place for those who inhabit it. The great challenge is to achieving a production of enough quality animal products, for which the development of animal welfare policies is indispensable, because the relationship between humans and animals is extremely close", Dr Botlhe Michael Modisane, President of the OIE World Assembly of Delegates.

The 4th OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare was held in Guadalajara City with the main objective of encouraging and supporting the implementation of OIE animal welfare standards by Member Countries, with a special emphasis on strategies and implementation tools.

The event was attended by 450 participants, including OIE Delegates, OIE Focal Points for Animal Welfare, members of Collaborating Centres, and recognised scientists and university professors, among others.

During the meeting, plenary presentations and working groups were developed on the "One Animal Welfare" approach, the application of new technologies in the evaluation of animal welfare, and national and regional strategies for animal welfare, among others topics.

The OIE Focal Points and the Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare from the Americas Region had the opportunity to hold a meeting in which they committed to work together and to build up a contact network to stay in touch and share information of interest.

The presentations made at the conference are available here for download.

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Institutional Visit to Peru’s Veterinary Services

Dr Luis Barcos, OIE Regional Representative for the Americas, took part in a visit to Peruvian Veterinary Services during which he had the opportunity to meet with the General Director, Agricultural Engineer Jorge Barrenechea, OIE Delegate, Dr Janios Miguel Quevedo Valle, as well as the Heads from the Veterinary Medicines Registration, Food Safety, Animal Health and Laboratories areas.

Peruvian authorities requested the OIE support for the development of a National Plan for the Control and Eradication of Classical Swine Fever, for which Dr Luis Carbajo will visit Peru as an expert recommended by OIE. 

In addition, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Plan, currently under development, was discussed. In this way, Peru joins the countries from the Americas Region that are working on action plans against Antimicrobial Resistance.


The OIE takes part in the X International Scientific Conference of Peruvian National Health Institute

This year, the main Conference’s topic was the “One Health” Global Initiative, which tries to spread the interdisciplinary collaboration through the acknowledgement and emphasis on the strong links between human and animal health as well as ecosystems. 

Colloquies and panel discussions about Antimicrobial Resistance, Arbovirosis surveillance in Perú (dengue, chikungunya and zika), and Public Health innovation in the XXI century were carried out during the meeting.

The OIE Regional Representative for the Americas participated in the panel discussion: “One Health” in health prevention, as well as other specialists in the subject. In addition, he was interviewed by Peru’s N channel on Antimicrobial Resistance, its importance and preventive measures.

“We are facing diseases and there are not antibiotics for treating them, therefore we are dealing a health problem”, Dr. Luis Barcos commented.

In the region of the Americas, we collaborate with the global efforts against Antimicrobial Resistance and we promote good practices to limit the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria throughout the world.


Presentation of the “Ecuador is quality” scientific magazine and Quality Management System certification

The Ecuadorian Agency of Agro Quality Assurance (Agrocalidad) carried out the presentation of the volumes 3 and 4  of the “Ecuador is quality” scientific magazine. This magazine has been developed with the aim of spreading the outcomes of original relevant researches in the livestock area, in compliance with international quality standards that guarantee the impartiality and the high level of the published articles.

Dr Luis Barcos, the OIE Regional Representative for the Americas, participated in the meeting and was acknowledged for the support and collaboration given to the institutional management.

On the other hand, and once preparation, training and audits procedures were fulfilled, the Bureau Veritas Company granted Agrocalidad the certification on Quality Management System based on the ISO – 9001:2008 international standard, which sets criteria and quality indexes in procedures.

On their part, the Ecuadorian Certification Service (SAE) granted the certifications based on the ISO/IEC 17025:2006 standard for the implementation of a Quality Management System for calibration and testing laboratories. The objective is to show that they are competent and capable of producing technically valid results.

This certification procedure has a 3 years validity, while the certifying entity shall develop audits to the system every 6 months.

Diego Vizcaíno, Agrocalidad Executive Director expressed “The goal is to modernize the customer service, to speed the certification and registration procedure, and to improve the quality of the service provided to farmers and the general public”.


I Regional Jabalí Conference

Between December 9 and 10 will be held the "I Regional Jabalí Conference" in Artigas, Uruguay, whose objective is to generate a space for inter-institutional and interdisciplinary exchange at national and international levels to discuss proposals for the control and productive use of wild boar (download the Programme).

These are organized by the MGAP and the Pork Group UDELAR.

The Conference is free of charge and those who are interested in participating can register via the web in completing the form of this link or forwarding this form duly completed to the email


The Americas Region celebrates its 23rd Regional Conference

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“The Americas, with its diversity from North to South, is not the largest OIE Region but is a very active one, with a lot of energy, joy and willingness to work. Therefore, I am convinced that this Conference will be a success and which its recommendations and conclusions will contribute to our global mission of protecting animals, preserving our future” – Dr. Monique Eloit opening speech.

From November 14 to 18, the 23rd Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas was held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.  

It was attended by more than 90 participants, including OIE Delegates and/or their representatives from 20 Member Countries, observers, regional and international organizations, and private sector representatives from many regional countries.

Among other authorities on behalf of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Mr. César Cocarico Yana, Minister of Rural Development and Lands, and Mr. Muricio Ordoñez Castillo, SENASAG Executive Director, participated in the opening ceremony.

Furthermore, the OIE General Director and the President of the OIE World Assembly of Delegates among others OIE Headquarters and Regional Representation for the Americas representatives were present.

During the Conference, the participants were able to discuss about different regional issues and key points.

In the following video made by the RRA we share with all of you a little of what was our Regional Conference. Click on the image.


WCO: Trade facilitation

Mr Leonardo Maceo, from World Customs Organization (WCO), share with the Member countries of the Americas different lisks related to trade facilitation:

WTO Dedicated website for the Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility

WCO Implementing the WTO TFA website

WTO Seminar on Electronic SPS Certification - June 2016


New technical assistant at the OIE of the Americas

Dr Lucía Escati has joined the OIE Regional Representation for the Americas in October 2016 as technical assistant. Her responsibilities shall primarily involve her role as regional communications correspondent, being in charge of improving the contact with media and press agencies in the Americas, as well as the diffusion of the activities carried out by our Organization at the global and regional level. Furthermore, she will support the OIE Regional Representation and Headquarters activities in the Americas region.

Dr Lucía Escati graduated as a Veterinarian at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and specialized in Veterinary Public Health. She worked as a researcher in the field of epidemiology and did a three months student internship in the Argentinian National Service for Food Health and Quality (SENASA), which allowed her to learn about the management of different areas of Veterinary Services.

Before being part of our staff, she accomplished a six month internship at the Regional Representation for the Americas, where could learn about the OIE structure and activities and gained experience in regional topics. She also took part in the organization of workshops and meetings.

We wish Lucia a warm welcome and expect her to gain more experience and continue pursuing her interests in public health and, risk management and communications.


World Rabies Day

Rabies is one of the most deadly zoonoses. Each year, it kills as many as 70,000 people worldwide, mostly children in developing countries. More 

Over 95% of human cases of rabies are due to dog bites and unlike many other diseases, we already have all the tools needed to eradicate it. 

The OIE provides science-based standards, guidelines and recommendations for the control of the disease in animals and to prevent its spread as well as standards for the diagnosis of rabies and the production of high quality veterinary vaccines.

The OIE has developed an exclusive web portal about rabies and you are invited to visit it:


New intern at the OIE of the Americas: Dr María Eugenia Chimenti

Dr María Eugenia Chimenti has begun an internship at the Regional Representation since today.

Maria Eugenia shall develop diverse tasks of interest to the OIE and especially for the region of the Americas, focused on One Health and Animal Welfare.

Trained as a veterinarian, María Eugenia graduated at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

We wish her a warm welcome.

Following the kind offer of the government of Bolivia during the 83rd General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE, held in Paris in May 2015, the 23rd Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas will be held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra from 14 to 18 November 2016.

The purpose of the Conferences of the OIE Regional Commissions is to examine animal health, animal welfare and animal production food safety issues within the Region and to elaborate recommendations in accordance with the OIE General Rules. The recommendations to be adopted during the Conference will be presented to the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE in May 2017 for endorsement. Thus, participation of Member Countries in the Conferences of the OIE Regional Commissions is very important in order to allow the Country to be part of the discussions on the recommendations proposed for adoption. Once endorsed by the OIE World Assembly of Delegates, recommendations provide an important guideline for the thirty Member Countries of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas as well as for the overall Organisation.

Click to acced to the Conference web site.

Watch the video


Visit of Dr Jean-Philip Dop, OIE Deputy Director General

Dr Jean-Philip Dop, OIE Deputy Director General (Institutional Affairs and Regional Actions) shall visit Argentina and Paraguay on July 18th  to 22nd.

In this visit to the region, Dr Dop shall visit the Regional Representation for the Americas, as well as holding different meetings with authorities from both countries, as well as the 17th Inter American Meeting of Ministers of health and Agriculture (RIMSA) which shall be celebrated in Asunción, Paraguay.

Ministers of Agriculture and Health of the Americas will participate in the most important forum of the Americas to define veterinary public health policies, betwen 21 and 22 of July at Asuncion, Paraguay. For more information please visit the meeting web site by clicking here.


The awards ceremony of the 1st OIE knowledge Olympics in the Americas took place in the opening session of the 84º General Session.

There were present Olympics winners, Dr Julio Urzua Sotomayor from Chile and Mr. Jonathan Madara from the United States of America, the OIE Director General Dr Monique Eloit, the President of the OIE World Assembly of Delegates Dr Botlhe Michael Modisane, the President of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas Dr. Guilherme H. Figueiredo Marques, OIE Delegate from Chile Dr José Ignacio Gómez Meza, , Dr Jhon Clifford, Delegate of EEUU and Dr Luis Barcos, OIE Regional Representative for the Americas.

The MAPA Brazil developed the Information booklet for the participation of horses in the XXXI Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Paralympic Games Rio 2016.

This booklet aims clarification of main steps followed by persons in charge, importers and official veterinary services of exporting countries for sending horses to Brazil for participation in these events, the importers and the official veterinary services of the exporting countries. This document comprises information only regarding health issues involved in horse movement, not addressing operational, logistics, taxes, safety matters or regarding any other issues observed for proper internalization of animals, equipment, food and veterinarian supplies.

This English version was elaborated by the organization of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 considering the Protuguese version elaborated by Ministry of Agricultue, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil. In the case of any doubt or discrepancy in the English version of this information booklet, the Portuguese version shall be considered as definitive.

The Organizer Commitee of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games published another two documents:

1) The Rio 2016 Veterinary and Farrier Services Guide is a concise source of information about the provision of veterinary services at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It summarises the staff, services and facilities that will be available in order to ensure that the best possible support is provided to all horses competing in the Games, as follows: Dates and times of key events, detailed information on the veterinary and farrier personnel, facilities and services.

2) The EFM has been developed to assist all with logistical planning in their preparations for the Rio 2016. The manual contains details of health requirements, customs procedures, arrival & departure details, security provisions, ground transportation and key contact information.

Know and apply the OIE recommendations protects the livestock of countries in addition promotes the image of producers, gives credibility to Official Veterinary service and directly benefits animals. To know not only to implement them in the productive system where applicable, but also to acts proactively with suggestions and comments, whenever there is possibility of re-discussion of the chapters.

The Technical Committee on Animal Welfare (CTBEA) of Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Supply (MAPA) of Brazil offer the translation to Portuguese of the Animal Welfare chapters in the OIE Codes.


New Administrative Assistant of the Panama Sub Regional Representation

Karla Guerrero is the Administrative Assistant of the Panama Sub Regional Representation. She took office on Feb 02, 2016, assisting in the day to day operations of the office. 

In her previous role at the Real Madrid Foundation, Karla organized the events and tournaments of the Real Madrid Soccer Schools in Panamá, Chitré and Tolé. She also helped the Foundation grow and strengthen the relations with the community. In 2014 Karla completed an internship in the Consulate of Panamá in Belgium, where she became interested in International relations. 

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Lindenwood University in Missouri, United States of America.


New intern at the OIE of the Americas

Dr Lucia Escati has begun an internship at the Regional Representation on February.

Lucía shall develop diverse tasks of interest to the OIE and especially for the region of the Americas.

Trained as a veterinarian, Lucia graduated at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

We wish her a warm welcome.


Participation of the the National Focal Point for Veterinary Products from El Salvador at the OIE Headquarters

Dr Delfy Marianella Góchez Alvarenga, National Focal Point for Veterinary Products from El Salvador, will be holding office as Chargée de mission within the OIE Scientific and Technical Department at the OIE Headquarters in Paris.

In her position, she will mainly work on the global database on the monitoring of the use of antimicrobial agents in animals. She will in particular review and compile data received from Member Countries, interact with Member Countries´ National Focal Points to seek for clarifications and support them through the provision of expertise and guidance.

The Regional Representation wishes the best for her in her new activity.

Dr. Montserrat Arroyo Kuribreña has ceased performing the tasks that had been carrying out as Sub Regional Representative of the OIE from Central America as of November 1, 2015.

We wish to express that this departure from Dr. Montserrat cause us a sense of joy on one hand because she is going to work to a high position in the Government of Mexico, on the other hand a great sadness because Dr Montserrat with its excellent personal and professional qualities has developed a task worthy of being highlighted during service in the OIE for our institution and for the countries of the Americas.

Watch the video with the greetings from Dr Bernard Vallat, Dr Monique Eloit and Dr Luis Barcos

The National Agrifood Quality and Health Service from Argentina, SENASA, announced the launch of  its National Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance in animals for human consumption, and published the information in his Web Site (Spanish only).

The goal of this week is to raise awareness of the health risks posed by antibiotic resistance and to promote good practice in this area of concern, to limit the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria throughout the world.

Click here for more information and here for the OIE  communication tools for the event.

In this frame, SENASA Argentina posted a video where the Argentina Focal Point of Veterinary Products, Dr Federico Luna, explain this joint initiative OIE WHO (Spanish only).

The Regional Representation of the OIE for the Americas announce the launching of the 1st OIE knowledge Olympics in the Americas.

The OIE Olympics have as goal to strengthen ties between the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Services and the OIE.

Click here to acces the Olympics website.

Download the poster and banners of the OIE Olympics.

From October 18 to 30, 2015, Brazil will receive the OIE PVS Aquatic Animal Mission.

Read the article.

The first health salmon compartment was approved under the framework of the health management model implemented in salmon production in Chile by the official Veterinarian Service (National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, SERNAPESCA).

Read the article.

The sanitary authority that oversees Chilean Aquaculture, SERNAPESCA, performs sanitary control programs aimed at ensuring food safety of fisheries and aquaculture products for export.

Read the article.


Enactment of the Argentinian Strategy for the Control of Antimicrobial Resistance

Argentina has signed the Joint Resolution that gives effect to the Argentinian Strategy for the Control of Antimicrobial Resistance on June 22th. This act was signed jointly by the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Agronomist Carlos Casamiquela, and the Minister of Health, Dr Gustavo Daniel Gollan.

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