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RECOGNITION OF ANIMAL HEALTH STATUS

RESOLUTION No. XVI

Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 20 May 1999

Adaptation of procedure for recognition of freedom
from certain animal diseases

CONSIDERING THAT

New or revised Chapters of the International Animal Health Code1 (the Code ) increasingly include the criteria by which Member Countries or zones therein may be considered to be free of OIE listed diseases,

The International Committee has, for certain diseases, given the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission2 the mandate to both establish procedures and to evaluate information from Member Countries regarding their compliance with the relevant provisions of the Code in order to be recognised by the International Committee as free of those diseases,

Code Chapters for some diseases specify periods of time required for both certain veterinary measures and absence of disease outbreaks before a country or a zone may be considered free of those diseases.

The Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission meets twice yearly and when, after evaluation of submitted documentation and other information from a Delegate, it proposes that a Member Country be recognised as free of a certain disease all OIE Member Countries are given a 60 day consultation period,

OIE recognition of freedom from certain diseases is adopted by a Resolution of the International Committee during its annual General Sessions and both relevant measures taken by Member Countries to assure disease freedom and periods of disease absence according to Code provisions often do not coincide with the timing of the procedure described above,

Some Member Countries have requested the Committee to accelerate administrative procedures for OIE recognition of their disease freedom in accordance with Code criteria,

THE COMMITTEE

RESOLVES THAT

1.  If for a Member Country wishing OIE recognition of its freedom from a certain disease, the date of compliance with provisions of the Code for freedom from that disease should occur between the meeting of the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission and the following General Session of the International Committee that same year, the Commission is authorised to evaluate in advance documentation submitted by and other information from the Delegate of this Member Country and propose that the Committee recognise its freedom from that disease.

2.  Committee recognition following the proposal made by the Commission is contingent upon successful completion of the periods of time specified in the Code as notified by the Delegate, and the 60 day consultative period.

3.  If the General Session occurs after both the completion of Code requirements and the 60 day consultative period, and there are no objections or questions as referred to in paragraph 4, the name of the proposed country or zone will be included in the relevant list submitted to the International Committee during its General Session.

4.  If objections which in the opinion of the Commission are technically sound or questions from Member Countries about the proposed disease free status cannot be adequately addressed by the Delegate of the interested country or the Commission during the consultation period, decision of the Committee will be deferred until the General Session of the following year.

RESOLUTION No. XV

Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 31 May 2001

Recognition of the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Status
of Member Countries

CONSIDERING THAT

During the 66th General Session, the International Committee adopted Resolution No. XII, which gave the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission2 a mandate to develop a procedure for presentation at the 67th General Session that will enable the OIE to accept the information presented by the Delegates of Member Countries in support of their declaration that their country is free from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in accordance with the provisions of Article 2.3.13.2. (formerly Article 3.2.13.2.). of the International Animal Health Code 1 (the Code ),

In the same Resolution, the Committee asked the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission to consider whether the OIE should prepare a list of Member Countries free from BSE according to the provisions of Article 2.3.13.2. (formerly Article 3.2.13.2.). of the Code , taking into account the concerns of Member Countries,

At the 68th General Session, the Committee adopted a revised Article 2.3.13.2. describing the conditions under which a country or zone may be considered free from BSE. It also adopted revised Chapters 1.3.1. and 1.3.2.describing risk analysis procedures that would be required to evaluate the status of a country or zone regarding BSE,

Methods for preparing a list of Member Countries that conform to the requirements of the Code as free from BSE were discussed at all of the meetings of the Commission that have been held since May 1998 and these discussions were summarised in the reports of the Commission. The Commission concluded that a list could be developed using the OIE risk analysis procedures. The data for this analysis would be supplied in response to a questionnaire that would be completed by Member Countries requesting to be declared to have conformed to the requirements of the Code as free from BSE,

A questionnaire in support of this proposal was submitted to the 68th General Session. The International Committee requested the opportunity to make additional comments on the questionnaire and instructed the Commission to resubmit the revised version at the 69th General Session,

The Commission concluded that Member Country assessments must be based on compliance with the Code. Therefore, the Commission is not proposing a new version of the questionnaire and will use the requirements in the current version of the Code to evaluate compliance. The Commission should provide assistance to Member Countries by providing guidelines on data that should be submitted and aspects that the risk assessment should address.

The Commission concluded that it would not have adequate time to evaluate the submissions during the scheduled meetings of the Commission and that an Ad hoc Group of experts would be needed to evaluate these applications,

The OIE Third Strategic Plan for 2001-2005 also stated that an Ad hoc Group should evaluate applications for freedom from disease and that the Group's findings should be reported to the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission for final consideration,

The Ad hoc Group would probably have to meet several times each year and there is inadequate funding in the OIE budget to support the cost of this Group,

Information published by the OIE is derived from declarations made by the official Veterinary Services of Member Countries. The OIE is not responsible for inaccurate publication of country disease status based on inaccurate information or changes in epidemiological status or other significant events that were not promptly reported to the Central Bureau subsequent to the time of declaration of freedom,

THE COMMITTEE

RESOLVES THAT

1. Delegates of Member Countries who wish to be evaluated for conformation with the requirements of the Code for BSE free status, will submit a formal request to the Director General of the OIE. The Director General will forward this request for consideration by the FMD and Other Epizootics Commission2 in consultation with the Code Commission3, when appropriate.

2. The Commission will develop guidelines to facilitate the submission of data and will outline what should be supplied by Member Countries. These guidelines will be based on the requirements that are in the current version of the Code.

3. Delegates of Member countries should submit information to substantiate their declaration that they conform to the requirements of the Code for BSE free status. This submission should include a risk assessment as outlined in the Code.

4. In this enquiry, Delegates will be informed that participation in the OIE procedure would be voluntary and its costs, such as examination of documentation by and convening meetings of designated experts, and country missions that may be required by these experts would be entirely defrayed by participating countries regardless of the result of the procedure. However, the OIE Director General is authorised to negotiate a reduced cost for the least developed countries. Responses by Delegates and the recommendation of the Ad hoc Group of experts will be evaluated by the Commission in order to make a proposal to the Committee of the countries and territories that it has evaluated and consider to conform to the requirements of the Code as BSE free.

5. Recommendations of the Commission will be submitted to Member Countries for comment as outlined in Resolution No. XVI that was adopted during the 67th General Session of the International Committee.

6. Countries that are approved by the International Committee as having conformed to the requirements of the Code as free from BSE will be published in the Bulletin each year.

7. Delegates of Member Countries whose countries having conformed to the requirements of the Code as free from BSE shall annually reconfirm by letter in November of each year both their status and that the criteria by which their status was recognised remain the same. It is understood that they will immediately notify the Central Bureau if BSE should occur in these countries or zones.

RESOLUTION No. XXI

Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 25 May 2004

Recognition of the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Status
of Member Countries

CONSIDERING THAT

1. During the 69th General Session, the International Committee adopted Resolution No. XV, asking Member Countries that wish to be evaluated for conformation with the requirements of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (the Terrestrial Code ) for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) free status to submit a formal application to the Director General of the OIE for consideration by the Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases (Scientific Commission),

2. An Ad hoc Group of experts on BSE (OIE Ad hoc Group for Evaluation of Country Submissions for Recognition as Complying with the Terrestrial Code as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Free) has been set up by the OIE and the Group has developed guidelines to facilitate the submission of data by Member Countries in accordance with the requirements in the current edition of the Terrestrial Code ,

3. During the 70th General Session, the International Committee adopted Resolution XVIII asking Member Countries applying for this evaluation to meet part of the costs sustained by the OIE Central Bureau in the evaluation process,

4. During the 71st General Session, the International Committee adopted Resolution XXII authorising the Scientific Commission to also evaluate submissions for provisional freedom from BSE in accordance with Article 2.3.13.4 of the Terrestrial Code ,

5.  The Ad hoc Group has already examined submissions from several countries and made appropriate recommendations that have been endorsed by the Scientific Commission

6.  These recommendations have been submitted to Member Countries for comments as outlined in Resolution No. XVI, which was adopted during the 67th General Session of the International Committee for foot and mouth disease (FMD),

7. Information published by the OIE is derived from appropriate declarations made by the official Veterinary Services of Member Countries. The OIE is not responsible for inaccurate publication of country disease status based on inaccurate information or changes in epidemiological status or other significant events that were not promptly reported to the Central Bureau,

THE COMMITTEE

RESOLVES THAT

1. The Director General establish a list of countries or zones recognised by the OIE as BSE "free" and "provisionally free" in accordance with Chapter 2.3.13 of the Terrestrial Code . This list should be updated as and when new countries are approved by the International Committee and shall be adopted annually by resolution.

2. The Director General publish that Argentina, Iceland, Singapore and Uruguay be recognised as "provisionally free" from BSE in accordance with the provisions of Article 2.3.13.4 of the Terrestrial Code.

3. The Director General inform Delegates of Member Countries whose countries or zones within their national territories are recognised as "free" or "provisionally free" from BSE that they should annually confirm by letter each November both their status and that the criteria by which their status was recognised remain unchanged. The list of countries or zones will be published free of charge by the OIE.

RESOLUTION No. XXIII

Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 25 May 2004

Recognition of the Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia Status
of Member Countries

CONSIDERING THAT

1. Appendix 3.8.3 of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (the Terrestrial Code ) provides for a pathway for Member Countries to be declared free from contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) by the OIE if an application including supporting data as outlined in Appendix 3.8.3 of the Code is submitted to the OIE. The Terrestrial Code also provides a procedure for the Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases (the Scientific Commission) to review these applications and report its recommendations to the International Committee,

2. During the 71st General Session, the International Committee approved Resolution XXIV regarding the recognition of the CBPP status of specific Member Countries,

3. Appendix 3.8.3 contains provisions for countries or zones within their territories that are continuously free from CBPP for at least 10 years and meet the relevant requirements of Appendix 3.8.3 for "freedom from CBPP" in that a) no vaccination has been carried out for at least 10 years, b) throughout that period there has been no clinical or pathological evidence of CBPP infection, c) throughout that period a permanent adequate disease surveillance and reporting system has been and is still in place covering all susceptible domestic livestock, and d) in appropriate circumstances, use of diagnostic procedures capable of differentiating Mycoplasma mycoides from other bovine Mycoplasma infections in the investigation of respiratory disease has been made, with findings consistent with freedom from M. mycoides infection, may be declared free from CBPP by the Scientific Commission without the necessity to proceed through the normal intermediate steps detailed in Appendix 3.8.3 of the TerrestrialCode,

4. Article 3.8.1.2 of Appendix 3.8.1 provides for countries or zones within their territories to be declared free from infection from a given disease on a 'historical basis' depending on the demonstration of the absence of infection for a certain period,

5. During the 70th General Session, the International Committee adopted Resolution No. XVIII asking Member Countries applying for evaluation for freedom from CBPP to meet part of the costs sustained by the OIE Central Bureau in the evaluation process,

6. Member Countries recognise that information published by the OIE is derived from appropriate declarations made by the official Veterinary Services of Member Countries. The OIE is not responsible for inaccurate publication of country disease status based on inaccurate information or changes in epidemiological status or other significant events that were not promptly reported to the Central Bureau subsequent to the time of declaration of freedom,

THE COMMITTEE

RESOLVES THAT

1. Delegates of Member Countries qualifying for freedom from CBPP in accordance with the provisions for freedom from infection in compliance with Article 3.8.1.2 of Appendix 3.8.1 of the Terrestrial Code or freedom from CBPP in compliance with the relevant provisions of Appendix 3.8.3 of the Terrestrial Code, submit their dossiers to the OIE for evaluation by the Scientific Commission.

2. The OIE Director General establish a list of countries or zones free from CBPP with or without vaccination and include in that list countries already recognised free of CBPP by the OIE.

3. The Scientific Commission continue to apply the procedure approved by the International Committee with respect to the recognition of disease free status and support the recognition of the CBPP free status of additional countries and zones within national territories for annual adoption of the list by the International Committee.

4. An updated list of countries and zones previously recognised as free from CBPP and those newly proposed by the Scientific Commission after consultation of Member Countries will be annually adopted by resolution.

5. Delegates of Countries that are recognised as CBPP country/zone free annually confirm by letter to the OIE each November that both their status and the criteria by which their status was recognised remain unchanged.

6. Member Countries applying for evaluation for freedom from CBPP meet part of the costs sustained by the OIE Central Bureau in the evaluation process in accordance with Resolution XVIII adopted by the International Committee during the 70th General Session.

RESOLUTION No. XIV

Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 19 May 1995

Establishment of a list of countries which are free of rinderpest

CONSIDERING THAT

1. The International Committee has designated the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission2 responsibility for advising it, as and where necessary, on the nature and course, especially in terms of space and time, of the major transmissible animal diseases, and on methods for epidemiological surveillance of these diseases

2. At the 59th General Session the International Committee adopted the Recommended Standards for Epidemiological Surveillance of Rinderpest proposed by the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission which provided a process for OIE declaration of freedom from rinderpest

3. Several Member Countries of Africa and Asia have eradicated this major epizootic disease from their countries and zones within their countries and are interested in international recognition of their rinderpest free status

4. The Regional Commission for Africa , during its 11th Conference, adopted a Recommendation that the International Committee give to the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission a mandate to establish a list of countries (or zones within countries) which can be considered free of rinderpest

5. Information published by the OIE is derived from declarations made by the official Veterinary Services of Member Countries. The OIE is not responsible for inaccurate publication of country disease status based on inaccurate or incomplete information or changes in epidemiological status or other significant events which were not promptly reported to the Central Bureau subsequent to the time of declaration of freedom

THE COMMITTEE

RESOLVES

1. That the OIE Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission establish a list of countries (and zones within countries) which are free of rinderpest.

2. That this list will include only those countries which officially request the OIE to consider their status according to the provisions of the Recommended Standards for Epidemiological Surveillance of Rinderpest4.

3. That this list will be established and published by the OIE following the relevant principles described in the report of the 16-20 January 1995 meeting of the OIE Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission and Resolutions XI and XII of the 63rd General Session.

RESOLUTION No. XI

Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 19 May 1995

Establishment of a list of foot and mouth disease free countries
where vaccination is not practised

CONSIDERING THAT

1. The International Committee has designated the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Other Epizootics Commission2 responsibility for advising it, as and where necessary, on the nature and course, especially in terms of space and time, of the major transmissible animal diseases, and on methods for epidemiological surveillance of these diseases

2. The Organic Statutes of the OIE [Article 4 (2)] state that one of the objectives of the organisation is to collect and bring to the attention of Member Countries all facts and documents of general interest concerning the spread of epizootic diseases and the means used to control them

3. Article 2.1.1.2. of the International Animal Health Code5 defines requirements for an FMD free country where vaccination is not practised

4. The Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission defined the criteria by which they would propose that countries widely accepted as FMD free without vaccination according to the requirements of Article 2.1.1.2. of the Code be considered so. Several countries could meet these criteria, and could be listed in a publication by the OIE for use as a baseline upon which Member Countries if they wish to do so could request a change in their listed status

5. During the 62nd General Session, the Committee adopted Resolution No. IX, 'Countries and zones that may be considered as free from foot and mouth disease'

6. Information published by the OIE is derived from declarations made by the official Veterinary Services of Member Countries. The OIE is not responsible for inaccurate publication of country disease status based on inaccurate or incomplete information or changes in epidemiological status or other significant events which were not promptly reported to the Central Bureau subsequent to the time of declaration of freedom

THE COMMITTEE

RESOLVES

That the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission should prepare a list of Member Countries which are FMD free where vaccination is not practised, according to the provisions of Article 2.1.1.2. of the International Animal Health Code, for its acceptance by the International Committee for publication by the Director General.

RESOLUTION No. XVII

Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 29 May 1997

Restoration of Recognition of
the Foot and Mouth Disease Status of Member Countries

CONSIDERING THAT

1. By means of various resolutions the International Committee has accepted a procedure for and established a list of Member Countries and zones within their territories recognised as free of FMD according to provisions of Chapter 2.1.1. of the International Animal Health Code6,

2. The addition of new Member Countries and zones recognised as FMD free is done annually by resolution at the General Session of the International Committee after a period of consultation between the interested Member Country, the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission2 and the International Committee,

3. Recognition of FMD free status is suspended upon declaration by a Member Country of an outbreak in their previously disease free national territory or zone,

4. Chapter 2.1.1 of the Code describes criteria by which under certain circumstances a recognised FMD free country or zone which has had an FMD outbreak can regain its disease free status in less than a year,

5. The list of FMD free countries and zones recognised as FMD free has attained importance to some Member Countries for purposes of trade in animal and animal products. These countries could sustain economic losses regarding trade for a period of time exceeding that required in the Code to regain FMD free status following eradication of an outbreak,

THE COMMITTEE

RESOLVES

To delegate to the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission the authority to recognise, without further International Committee consultation, that a Member Country or zone within its territory has regained its previously recognised FMD free status following outbreaks that are eradicated in accordance with the relevant provisions of Chapter 2.1.1 of the International Animal Health Code.

RESOLUTION No. XXI

Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 20 May 2003

Recognition of a Foot and Mouth Disease Free Zone
during an FMD Emergency

CONSIDERING THAT

1. The International Committee has adopted a procedure for establishing a list of Member Countries and zones within their territories recognised as free of FMD according to the provisions of chapter 2.1.1. of the International Animal Health Code6(the Code ),

2. New Member Countries and zones recognised as FMD free are added to the list annually by resolution at the General Session of the International Committee after a period of consultation with the interested Member Country, the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission2, other Member Countries and the International Committee,

3. Recognition of FMD free status is suspended upon declaration by a Member Country of an outbreak in a previously disease free national territory or zone,

4. The list of FMD free countries and zones recognised as FMD free is important to some Member Countries for the purpose of trade in animals and animal products. These countries could sustain huge economic losses through lost trade for a period of time exceeding that required in the Code to regain FMD free status following eradication of an outbreak,

5. Chapter 2.1.1. of the Code describes criteria by which under certain circumstances a recognised FMD free country or zone that has had an FMD outbreak can regain its disease free status in less than a year,

6. During the 70th General Session, the International Committee adopted Resolution XVIII asking Member Countries applying for evaluation for freedom from FMD to meet part of the costs sustained by the OIE Central Bureau in the evaluation process,

7. During the 65th General Session, the International Committee adopted Resolution XVII delegating to the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission the authority to recognise, without further International Committee consultation, that a Member Country or zone within its territory has regained its previously recognised FMD free status following outbreaks that are eradicated in accordance with the relevant provisions of chapter 2.1.1. of the Code,

THE COMMITTEE

RESOLVES

To delegate to the Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Epizootics Commission the authority to recognise, without further International Committee consultation, an FMD free zone created following outbreaks within a Member Country or its territory in accordance with the relevant provisions of chapters 1.3.5. and 2.1.1. of the International Animal Health Code.

RESOLUTION No. XVIII

Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 31 May 2002

Payment to the OIE of the Cost
of Evaluating Member Country Compliance with
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, Foot and Mouth Disease,
Rinderpest and Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia Chapters
of the International Animal Health Code1

CONSIDERING THAT

1.  The OIE Third Strategic Plan for the period 2001-2005 stated that a procedure for reimbursing the OIE the cost of evaluating Member Country freedom from foot and mouth disease (FMD), rinderpest and contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) be developed, and that an Ad hoc Group of experts on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) would be set up to evaluate applications for freedom from this disease,

2.  During the 69th General Session, the International Committee adopted Resolution XV asking Delegates of Member Countries who wish to be evaluated for conformation with the requirements of the International Animal Health Code (the Code ), for BSE free status, to submit a formal request to the Director General of the OIE for consideration by the FMD and Other Epizootics Commission2. The participation in the OIE procedure will be voluntary and any costs, such as examination of documentation by and convening meetings of designated experts, and country missions, that may be required by these experts will be entirely defrayed by participating countries. However, the OIE Director General is authorised to negotiate a reduced cost for the least developed countries,

3.  An Ad hoc Group of experts on BSE has been set up by the OIE and the Group has developed guidelines to facilitate the submission of data by Member Countries in accordance with the requirements in the current edition of the Code,

4.  Ad hoc Groups are also planned to evaluate requests from Member Countries for designation by the OIE as free from FMD, Rinderpest and CBPP,

5.  The Ad hoc Groups would meet several times each year and there is inadequate funding in the OIE budget to support the cost of these groups,

6.  The expenses, including travel of experts, per diem allowances, additional labour of the personnel of the OIE Central Bureau, and other miscellaneous costs amount to nine thousand Euros per application for BSE and seven thousand Euros per application for FMD, Rinderpest and CBPP, respectively,

THE COMMITTEE

RESOLVES THAT

1.  Recovery of most of the costs for Rinderpest evaluation can probably be obtained from other sources.

2.  The OIE Director General informs all Delegates wishing to have their countries evaluated for BSE, FMD and CBPP status, of the procedures to be followed and the costs involved.

3.  Member Countries applying for this evaluation will submit with their application nine thousand Euros for BSE and seven thousand Euros each for FMD and CBPP. Least developed countries need to submit only half the amounts mentioned. This payment will cover the complete cost of one application for evaluation.

4.  The money submitted will not be refunded, even in the case of an application not being approved.

5.  Payments mentioned in article 2 will be required only when a country applies for recognition for the first time after adoption of the Resolution. For subsequent applications only half of the initial sum will be charged.

RESOLUTION No. XXIV

Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 25 May 2004

Restoration of Disease Status of Member Countries for
Rinderpest, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and
Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia

CONSIDERING THAT

1. By means of various Resolutions, the International Committee has adopted a procedure for and established a list of Member Countries and zones within their territories recognised as free of certain diseases according to the relevant provisions of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code, (the Terrestrial Code),

2. The Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases (the Scientific Commission) is currently in charge of the evaluation of country applications for the relevant status regarding foot and mouth disease (FMD), bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, (CBPP) and rinderpest,

3. The country disease status as recognised by OIE is only awarded annually by the International Committee during the General Session in May of every year, and subsequently published by the OIE,

4. During the 65th General Session, the International Committee adopted Resolution XVII delegating to the Scientific Commission the authority to recognise, without further consultation with the International Committee, that a Member Country or zone within its territory has regained its previously recognised FMD status following outbreaks that are eradicated in accordance with the relevant provisions of Chapter 2.1.1 of the Terrestrial Code ,

5. During the 71st General Session, the International Committee adopted Resolution XXI delegating to the Scientific Commission the authority to recognise, without further International Committee consultation, an FMD free zone created following outbreaks within a Member Country or its territory in accordance with the relevant provisions of Chapters 1.3.5. and 2.1.1. of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code,

6. The disease status for Member Countries or zones within their territories is important for purposes of international trade in animals and animal products. Countries which are able to eradicate outbreaks or infections in accordance with
the relevant provisions of the Terrestrial Code could sustain economic losses regarding trade if they have to wait for the decision of the International committee to regain their previously recognised free status,

THE COMMITTEE

RESOLVES

To delegate to the Scientific Commission under the same conditions as for FMD, the authority to recognise after evaluation of country submissions and without further consultation with Member Countries and the International Committee, that a Member Country or zone within its territory has regained its previously recognised status with respect to other diseases listed in paragraph 2 following outbreaks or infections as appropriate, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Terrestrial Code.

1 Terrestrial Animal Health Code, new denomination since 2003

2 OIE Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases (SCAD), R. No. XVII, 22 May 2003

3 The OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission (TAHSC)

4 Integrated in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code

5 Article 2.2.10.2 of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code ( 2004)

6 Chapter 2.2.10. of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2004)

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