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From: TSS ()
Subject: 74th Annual General Session of the WOAH (OIE) 21-26 May 2006
Date: May 26, 2006 at 1:29 pm PST


74th Annual General Session
of the International Committee
of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
21 – 26 May 2006

The 74th Annual General Session of the International Committee of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) was held in Paris from 21 to 26 May 2006 .

The General Session notably brings together representatives appointed by the Governments of the 167 OIE Member Countries.

Approximately 600 participants representing Member Countries, intergovernmental organisations (FAO, WHO, World Bank, WTO etc.) took part in the event. The Session was honoured by the presence, alongside the President and the Director General, of high-ranked authorities, including numerous Ministers of OIE Member Countries.

Member Countries praised the role played by the OIE in the global fight against avian influenza. They particularly saluted the agreement reached with the World Bank and key donors to support developing and in transition countries to invest in programmes aimed at bringing their Veterinary Services in line with OIE standards.

The main points dealt with during the Session were as follows:

- The session accredited the application of a new Collaborating Centre - the Centre for Disease Control (CDC in Atlanta ) - with the aim of better preventing and controlling animal diseases transmittable to human beings. It also recognized the crucial role played by the OIE network of 170 reference laboratories and collaborating centres in reaching the organization's objectives ;

- Member Countries welcomed the new World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) that will strengthen OIE's actions in terms of transparency on state of animal diseases worldwide;

- Consistent with the framework of its usual standard-setting activities, the Committee adopted new and updated international standards aimed at providing better safeguards for the sanitary safety of world trade in terrestrial and aquatic animals and their products as well as guidelines to better implement surveillance of animal diseases and zoonoses on their territory.

- Member countries also voted new improvements to chapters about animal welfare and food safety in production phase;

- They adopted policy lines on identification and animal traceability;

- Special attention was given to updating the chapter on BSE in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code. Adopted texts highlighted global surveillance methods that will allow the OIE to propose willing Member Countries a new procedure for an official recognition of their status on the disease;

- The Session approved the lists of countries or zones recognized by the OIE as being free from foot and mouth disease, rinderpest, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia and bovine spongiform encephalopathy;

- Member Countries also decided that notification to the OIE of any detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wildlife was to be compulsory;

- The list of Veterinary Critically Important Antimicrobials (VCIA) defined by OIE was published;

- The worldwide zoosanitary situation has been examined in detail ;

- Two technical items of biggest interest were presented and debated during the Session and gave rise to Resolutions passed by the International Committee:

- Economic and social justification of investment in animal health and zoonoses;

- Future approaches needed to ensure veterinary education meets societal demands.

The high level of scientific expertise of the speakers and the quality of the debates that followed the presentation of each technical item will have served to promote the global application of concepts that are essential for improved control of animal diseases and zoonoses.

The International Committee undertook the election of the new OIE President. Dr Barry O'Neil was elected for a three-year mandate. Members of the Administrative Commission, Regional Commissions and Specialist Commissions were also elected by the General Assembly.


May 2006


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http://www.oie.int/eng/press/en_060526.htm

> - Special attention was given to updating the chapter on BSE in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code. Adopted texts highlighted global surveillance methods that will

> allow the OIE to propose willing Member Countries a new procedure for an official recognition of their status on the disease;

SO, the USA (BSE GBR III) and there terribly flawwed system of surveillance is o.k. for the WOAH/OIE? IT takes an act of Congress and 7+ months to finally confirm a mad cow in Texas, this after being caught trying to hide another highly suspect stumbling and staggering cow, with no BSE test at all, by rendering the damn thing and then saying ooops, sorry about that. THEN the mad cow in Alabama they could not even tell you how old the cow was, and or trace back cohorts, and this is all acceptable for WOAH/OIE?

IN my opinion the WOAH/OIE is nothing more than a organized bunch of lobbyist for the members Countries in support of there INDUSTRY, bound together as one, with the only purpose of open trade for there precious commodities and futures. Speaking only of BSE, they failed at every corner, and then just said to hell with it, well just trade all strains of TSE globally. ...

http://p079.ezboard.com/fwolftracksproductionsfrm2.showMessage?topicID=470.topic

https://web01.aphis.usda.gov/regpublic.nsf/0/eff9eff1f7c5cf2b87256ecf000df08d?OpenDocument

NOT to leave out the OIE and it's terribly flawed system of disease surveillance. the OIE should make a move on CWD in the USA, and make a risk assessment
on this as a threat to human health. the OIE should also change the mathematical formula for testing of disease. this (in my opinion and others) is terribly flawed as well. to think that a sample survey of 400 or so cattle in a population of 100 million, to think this will find anything, especially after seeing how many TSE tests it took Italy and other Countries to find 1 case of BSE (1 million rapid TSE test in less than 2 years, to find 102 BSE cases), should be proof enough to make drastic changes of this system. the OIE criteria for BSE Country classification and it's interpretation is very problematic. a text that is suppose to give guidelines, but is not understandable, cannot be considered satisfactory. the OIE told me 2 years ago that they were concerned with CWD, but said any changes might take years. well, two years have come and gone, and no change in relations with CWD as a human health risk. if we wait for politics and science to finally make this connection, we very well may die before any decisions or changes are made. this is not acceptable. we must take the politics and the industry out of any final decisions of the Scientific community.

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/03n0312/03N-0312_emc-000001.txt

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/Comments/03-025IFA/03-025IFA-2.pdf

suppressed peer review of Harvard study October 31, 2002

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/topics/BSE_Peer_Review.pdf

TSS




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