The OIE has been involved from the start in the formation of the International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VICH) and has been represented by its Collaborating Centre ANSES in all its Steering Committee Meetings.
As indicated in the OIE 5th Strategic Plan, the OIE encourages the use of VICH Guidelines by its Members Countries and in order to facilitate this, engaged with VICH to support the process of setting up the VICH Outreach Forum in which non-VICH members countries and regions can participate and learn first-hand about the VICH process. The VICH Outreach Forum aims to provide a basis for wider international harmonisation of technical registration requirements necessary for the marketing authorisation (also called “registration”) of a veterinary medicinal product.
The VICH Outreach Forum was created during the 26th VICH Steering Committee meeting, held in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2011. A number of countries and regional organisations which meet the criteria laid down in the Terms of Reference for this Forum, have since then met for the inaugural Outreach Forum, held in Brussels in June 2012 and subsequent Outreach Forum meetings, which take place at the time of VICH Steering Committee meetings.
The key issues of interest to the non-VICH countries coming together in the Forum are to better understand and actively contribute to the VICH Guideline development process, to suggest topics for new Guidelines, to provide feedback on the acceptance of existing guidelines and to discuss practical issues related to VICH guidelines, to receive training in the application of the Guidelines and to collaborate and share translations of guidelines into other languages.
The OIE and its Collaborating Centre ANSES facilitate the relation and communication between Outreach Forum members, the VICH Secretariat and the VICH members. Minutes of the Outreach Forum meetings and other documents of relevance for Forum member countries and OIE Member Countries interested in joining the Forum can be found on this webpage.
A need has been identified by Outreach Forum members for VICH Guidelines to be translated into other languages. OIE in collaboration with other organisations, makes those Guidelines which are already translated, available on this website. It needs, however, to be noted that only the English version as found on the VICH website is considered original and binding.
These Guidelines can be found as pdf files hereunder.
Russian (translated by OIE)
Spanish (translated by FDA
see U.S. Food and Drug Administration
French (translated by Health Canada, Veterinary Drugs Directorate, in 2004 and as otherwise indicated)