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The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide. It is recognised as a reference organisation by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in 2010, had a total of 176 Member Countries and Territories, including FSM, PNG, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia
WHY DO THE MEMBER COUNTRIES NEED TO REPORT TO OIE?
To make our disease status transparent with our trading partners so that they can make decision on whether to trade and HOW TO trade e.g., using import conditions. SPC negotiated with the EU the maintenance of market access conditional upon establishment of improved animal health reporting through the OIEs web based system.
Memorandum of Understanding on WAHIS Regional Core for the Pacific Community
The MOU is supplementary to existing agreement established between the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in September 1999. It no way alters the terms and conditions of the existing agreement. MOU was signed in December 2008.
Purpose of MOU
To improve animal disease information sharing among countries through better early warning and enabling coordinated efforts in emergency response and disease control. Establishes procedures, guidelines and obligations governing the data and information sharing between OIE and SPC to feed the information to WAHIS.
OIE Obligations --- OIE agrees to:
Data submitted to WAHIS is owned by the governments of the countries submitting the data as authorised by the CVO, Head of Agriculture Department.
As part of the MOU, data that is submitted to the WAHIS system will not be shared or given to other institutions, companies or individuals, other than legitimate purposes of international trade and or biosecurity.
Each member country of SPC shall provide all necessary information for disease notification, including epidemiological information, in accordance with the disease notification requirements outlined in the Terrestrial and Aquatic Animal Health Codes.
With the standard disease reporting requirements, each SPC member country agrees to submit immediate notification of the occurrence of a animal disease event, follow-up reports, six monthly and annual reports through the WAHIS system.Introduction to WAHIS and WAHID
The objective of OIE is to ensure transparency in the global animal disease situation, including zoonoses. By deciding to join the OIE, a Member agrees to fulfill its international commitment to notify to the OIE - as laid down in the OIE’s Code (“Notification and Epidemiological Information”). The Veterinary Authority informs OIE Headquarters and OIE Headquarters contacts the Veterinary Authority for follow up reports of the suspicion or confirmation of an outbreak of disease or other epidemiological event, according to the provisions of the OIE’s Codes.
The World Animal Health System (WAHIS) – http://www.spc.int/wahis comprises the following:
(a) A monitoring system, which is transparent about the regular animal health situation in each member country or territory. It has information on all OIE listed diseases
(b) An early warning system - to inform the other Member on an a disease notification that occurred in a country or a territory
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