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Terrestrial Animal Health Code

The OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (the Terrestrial Code) sets out standards for the improvement of animal health and welfare and veterinary public health worldwide, including through standards for safe international trade in terrestrial animals (mammals, reptiles, birds and bees) and their products. The health measures in the Terrestrial Code should be used by the Veterinary Authorities of importing and exporting countries to provide for early detection, reporting and control agents that are pathogenic to animals or humans, and to prevent their transfer via international trade in animals and animal products, while avoiding unjustified sanitary barriers to trade.

The health measures in the Terrestrial Code have been formally adopted by the World Assembly of the Delegates of the OIE Members. The 26th  edition incorporates modifications to the Terrestrial Code agreed at the 85th OIE General Session in May 2017.

This edition includes an updated version of the table of contents and glossary and the revised text in the following chapters:

– Criteria for the inclusion of diseases, infections and infestations in the OIE list (Article 1.2.1.);
– Diseases, infections and infestations listed by the OIE (the preamble of Chapter 1.3.);
– Somatic cell nuclear transfer in production livestock and horses (Article 4.11.4.);
– High health status horse subpopulation (Article 4.16.3.);
– OIE procedures relevant to the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organization (Chapter 5.3.);
– Animal welfare and dairy cattle production systems (Article 7.11.6.);
– Welfare of working equids (Chapter 7.12.);
– Infection with avian influenza viruses (Article 10.4.25.);
– Infection with lumpy skin disease (Chapter 11.9.);
– Infection with African swine fever virus (Chapter 15.1.).

This edition also includes five new chapters on following titles:

– Criteria applied by the OIE for assessing the safety of commodities;
– Prevention and control of Salmonella in bovine commercial production systems;
– Prevention and control of Salmonella in pig commercial production systems;
– Infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex;
– Infection with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus.

The development of these standards and recommendations is the result of the continuous work since 1960 of one of the OIE's Specialist Commissions, the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission. The first Terrestrial Code was published in 1968. This Commission draws upon the expertise of internationally renowned specialists to prepare draft texts for new articles of the Terrestrial Code or revise existing articles in the light of advances in veterinary science.

The value of the Terrestrial Code is twofold: that the measures published in it are the result of consensus among the veterinary authorities of OIE Members, and that it constitutes a reference within the World Trade Organization Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures as an international standard for animal health and zoonoses.

The OIE Terrestrial Code is a reference document for use by Veterinary Authorities, import/export services, epidemiologists and all those involved in international trade.

The Terrestrial Code is published annually in paper form in the three official OIE languages (English, French and Spanish), and in Russian. The contents of the 2017 version of the Terrestrial Code can be consulted in Web format.

Terrestrial Code
26th Edition, 2017
29.7 x 21 cm
ISBN of volume I: 978-92-95108-34-9
ISBN of volume II: 978-92-95108-35-6

Price: 60 euros
Ref.: A 243
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Contact: standards.dept@oie.int

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