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Adopted on 27 July 2001 by CABI and on 4 December 2001 by the OIE

1.The Office International des Epizooties (OIE) is an intergovernmental organization providing information and expertise to governments about animal disease.

2. CAB International (CABI) is an international, intergovernmental, not-for-profit organization providing information services on all aspects of agriculture worldwide.

3. OIE and CABI wish to cooperate in sharing and disseminating certain information resources on animal health, to mutual benefit and for the benefit of their clients throughout the world, in developed and developing countries. OIE and CABI wish this cooperation to be on a mutually supportive, non-profit basis.

4. CABI, along with other organizations, is developing an Animal Health & Production Compendium (hereafter called the Compendium), as described in the document "Proposal for the Animal Health and Production Compendium), dated January 1999. OIE has information resources which can appropriately be made available to users through the Compendium, to the mutual benefit of OIE and CABI. Through this cooperation, OIE and CABI will regard their relationship as one of Partnership in the Compendium project (see Clause 10).

5. OIE agrees to provide CABI with the content of certain information resources, listed in Annex 1. CABI agrees to re-publish this material in the Compendium, with a view to encouraging its use and so as to draw the attention of users to OIE publications. These resources are publicly available.

6. OIE agrees to provide CABI with the content of certain other information resources, listed in Annex 2. CABI agrees to re-publish this material in the Compendium, with a view to encouraging its use and so as to draw the attention of users to OIE publications. These resources are not publicly available and, in return, CABI agrees to provide the OIE with 50 copies of the Compendium. OIE agrees to supply these to its most needy developing Member Countries, chosen on the basis that they are considered by OIE to be the least likely countries to purchase copies from their own resources.

7. If OIE requires further copies, CABI agrees to supply these at a cost of USD 50 each (the normal price is currently USD 600), provided that at least 50 further copies are ordered at one time, and provided that OIE accepts delivery to a single address. OIE is free to disseminate, donate or otherwise use these copies of the Compendium.

8. CABI agrees to acknowledge prominently that the content provided under Clauses 5 and 6 originates from OIE, with details of the Website from which OIE publications may be obtained.

9. OIE agrees to provide CABI with updated content of the resources provided under Clauses 5 and 6 at agreed intervals. CABI agrees to re-publish this material, under the terms of Clauses 5 and 6. Initially, the agreed intervals are foreseen as annual. OIE and CABI may adjust the intervals by mutual agreement. Each time updated material is provided by OIE following Clause 6, CABI agrees to provide OIE with 50 updated copies of the Compendium as provided in Clause 6. OIE may purchase additional updated copies under the terms of Clause 7.

10. CABI agrees to include links in the Compendium to certain OIE information resources that are primarily available in electronic format, so that users are conveniently referred to them on the World Wide Web. These are listed in Annex 3.

11. In addition to the provisions of the Clauses above, as a Partner in the Compendium project, OIE

- Will be invited to meetings of the Development Consortium that resources the Compendium project
- Will be free within the Development Consortium to propose certain further developments of the Compendium, for example translation of parts of the Compendium into languages other than English, such as French and Spanish
- Will have its status as a Partner made prominently visible to users of the Compendium

12. This agreement remains in force for an initial period of 3 years from the date of signature. If either party wishes to terminate it earlier, written notice must be given 6 months in advance. This Agreement may be extended beyond 3 years by written notice.


Mr Peter Scott
27 July 2001

Dr Bernard Vallat
Director General
4 December 2001



 Annex 1:

Publicly available information resources

A and B Lists of animal diseases1

Disease cards associated with these diseases

Handistatus, including "World Animal Health"

List of Reference experts and laboratories

List of international reference reagents

Annex 2:

Information resources not publicly available

International Animal Health Code2

Manual of Standards for Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines3

The following texts from Comprehensive reports on Technical Items presented to the International Committee or to Regional Commissions Editions 1998, 1999, 2000.

Edition 2000

Ensuring a limited disease environment for optimal production in the livestock industry, by Katharina Stärk (original in English - translated into French, Spanish and Russian)

Edition 1999

Resistance of ecto and endoparasites: current and future solutions, by A. Nari and J.W. Hansen (original in Spanish - translated into English, French and Russian).

Management of animal disease emergencies, by C.J.M. van der Meijs (original in English - translated into Spanish, French and Russian).

Recent developments concerning a new concept of vaccines and their effects on programmes for controlling animal diseases, by P. Vannier (original in French - translated into English, Spanish and Russian).

Systems of animal identification (ear tagging, branding, etc) and their importance for disease surveillance (Systèmes d'identification des animaux - marquage auriculaire, marquage cutané, etc. et leur importance pour la surveillance des maladies), by G. Neophytou (in English).

Edition 1998

Biosecurity in the laboratory, by F. Clavel and M. Grimaldo (original in Spanish - translated into English).

Strengthening veterinary services through restructuring and the participation of the private sector and specific groups, by V. Astudillo (original in Spanish, translated into English, French, Spanish and Russian).

Forecasting systems using the laboratory and epidemiology to prevent outbreaks of existing and emerging diseases, by M.M. Rweyemamu (original in English, translated into French, Spanish and Russian).

Contribution of molecular biology to the control of animal diseases, by C.J. Bostock (original in English, translated into French, Spanish and Russian).

The role of international trade in animals, animal products and feed in the spread of transferable antibiotic resistance and possible methods for control of the spread of infectious agent resistance factors, by J. Boisseau & B. Röstel (original in French, translated into English and Russian).

Annex 3

Information resources primarily available in electronic format

Biotechnology Database

Disease Information

1 A s ingle list of notifiable diseases since 1 January 2005

2 Terrestrial Animal Health Code, new denomination since 2003

3 Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals, new denomination since 2003