In accordance with the OIE procedure for official recognition of disease status, this page provides access to the list of OIE Member Countries officially recognised free from African horse sickness (AHS) by the OIE through the adoption of a Resolution by the World Assembly of Delegates (World Assembly) of the OIE at the annual General Session in May every year.
In May 2012 AHS was added to the list of diseases for which the OIE has put in place a specific procedure for official recognition of disease status.
A Member Country wishing to be officially recognised as disease-free by the OIE should submit the questionnaire laid out in Chapter 1.6. of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (Terrestrial Code) and comply with all requirements specified in the Terrestrial Code for AHS. The OIE Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases (Scientific Commission) is responsible to undertake, on behalf of the World Assembly, the assessment of OIE Member Countries applications for their compliance with OIE standards. The assessment carried out by the Scientific Commission is based on the recommendations formulated by a relevant ad hoc Group composed of world specialists in disease control.
Subsequent to a disease outbreak or when the Scientific Commission determines that the conditions are not met anymore to demonstrate compliance with the relevant requirements of the Terrestrial Code, a disease status may be suspended. The Scientific Commission may decide to reinstate the suspended status when a Member Country has submitted an application which fulfils all the requirements requested for the recovery of official disease status laid out in the relevant Chapters of the Terrestrial Code. The suspensions and recoveries of disease status are announced by the Director General of the OIE in consultation with the Scientific Commission and the list of these is kept up to date until adoption of a new Resolution by the World Assembly in the following May.