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Newly elected governance bodies of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

The 83rd General Session has proved a memorable occasion, marked by elections to renew all of the Organisation’s governance bodies.
Mandated by the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE, these key players will support the OIE’s various administrative, scientific and normative projects. They have been elected by the national Delegates to represent them and ensure the excellence and relevance of the actions implemented by the OIE in the coming years.

Paris, 10 June 2015 – In addition to adopting 41 Resolutions at this year’s annual General Session of the World Assembly, the representatives of the 180 OIE Member Countries held elections for all of the OIE’s governance positions, namely the Director General, the Members of the Council and the members of the Specialist and Regional Commissions, the first time this has happened for 15 years.

Dr Monique Eloit will become the first woman to hold the post of Director General of the OIE when she takes office on 1 January 2016 for a five-year term

After three consecutive five-year terms of office and fifteen years at the Directorate General of the OIE, Dr Bernard Vallat will be passing the baton to Dr Monique Eloit, currently Deputy Director General, on 1 January 2016. She will have the task of implementing the Sixth Strategic Plan of the OIE, which was adopted last week by the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE and will shortly be available on the OIE website.

 

 

 

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New members of the OIE’s governance bodies (2015-2018)

The new members were elected by the World Assembly, each for a three-year term of office from 1 June 2015.

The President of the World Assembly of Delegates and the Council of the OIE

The Council is the body that represents the World Assembly in the interval between General Sessions. It comprises a President, a Vice-President, the Immediate Past President and six Delegates representing all regions of the world. It meets at least twice a year to examine, in consultation with the Director General, technical and administrative matters, in particular the programme of activities and the draft budget prior to their submission to the Assembly.
Elected members of the Council must be the national Delegates of their country to the OIE.

Dr Botlhe Michael Modisane (South Africa) has thus been elected as President of the World Assembly, and Dr Mark Schipp (Australia) as Vice-President. The Immediate Past President is Dr Karin Schwabenbauer (Germany). Elected in 2012, she is the first woman to have held the post of President of the World Assembly.

The other members of the Council are:

Specialist Commissions

Their role is to collect the latest scientific information in order to study the epidemiology of animal diseases and relevant control methods and the sanitary safety of international trade in animals and animal products, to elaborate or revise OIE standards and to address technical or scientific issues raised by Member Countries.
They each meet twice a year. The experts who are members of the Commissions are elected on the basis of their scientific excellence and a balanced geographical representation.

Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission

Code Commission

 

Code Commission 

President

Dr Etienne Bonbon

France

Vice-Presidents

Dr Stuart McDiarmid

New-Zealand

Dr Gastón Funez

Argentina

Members

Dr Masatsuga Okita

Japan

Dr Emmanuel Couacy Hymann

Côte d'Ivoire

Dr Salah Hammani

Tunisia

The Code Commission is responsible for ensuring that the provisions of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (Terrestrial Code) reflect current scientific information on the protection of international trade and surveillance and control methods for animal diseases and zoonoses. It prepares draft texts for new or revised standards for the Terrestrial Code. It works in close collaboration with the three other Specialist Commissions.






Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases

Scientific Commission

 

Scientific Commission

President

Dr Gideon Brückner

South Africa

Vice-Presidents

Dr Kris De Clerq

Belgium

Dr Jeff Hammond

Australia

Members

Dr Silvia Bellini

Italy

Dr Baptiste Dungu

Rep. of the Congo

Dr Juan Antonio Montano

Mexico

The Scientific Commission assists in identifying the most appropriate strategies and measures for disease prevention and control. It also examines submissions from Member Countries seeking official recognition of their status in terms of certain diseases.

 







Biological Standards Commission

Laboratories Commission

 

Commission des laboratoires

President

Dr Beverly Schmitt

United States of America

Vice-Presidents

Dr Franck Berthe

France

Dr Hualan Chen

China

Members

Dr Anthony Fooks

United-Kingdom

Dr Peter Daniels

Australia

Dr Mehdi El Harrak

Morocco

The Laboratories Commission is responsible for establishing or approving methods for diagnosing diseases of mammals, birds and bees and for recommending the most effective biological products such as vaccines. It oversees the production of the Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals (Terrestrial Manual), which is recognised as an international standard text by the SPS Agreement of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It selects OIE Reference Centres for diseases of terrestrial animals and promotes the preparation and distribution of standard reagents for diagnostic assays.



Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission

Aquatic Animals Commission

 

Aquatic Animals Commission

President

Dr Ingo Ernst

Australia

Vice-Presidents

Dr Alicia Gallardo Lagno

Chile

Dr Edmund Peeler

United-Kingdom

Members

Dr Joanne Constantine

Canada

Dr Maxwell Barson

Zimbabwe

Dr M. Shariff bin Mohammed Din Malaysia

The Aquatic Animals Commission is responsible for ensuring that the standards published in the Aquatic Animal health Code (Aquatic Code) and the Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals (Aquatic Manual) are based on the latest scientific information for the prevention and control of diseases of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and amphibians and ensure the sanitary safety of international trade in aquatic animals and their products.

 




Regional Commissions

The OIE has five Regional Commissions, considered to be fully fledged regional bodies, to take better account of the economic and cultural specificities of Member Countries in the different regions. Each Regional Commission meets every two years to propose relevant recommendations suitably adapted to the specific economic, cultural and epidemiological context of the region. These recommendations are then submitted to the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE for endorsement, thereby making them officially operational.

In the interval between regional meetings, each Commission is represented by a bureau with four members elected from among the national Delegates of the Member Countries of the Regional Commission in question.

Regional programmes may be developed to reinforce surveillance and control of major animal diseases, especially for regions where the OIE has established Regional and Sub-Regional Representations. The Regional Commissions work closely with these Representations.

Africa

President

Dr Komla Batassé Batawui Togo

Vice-Presidents

Dr Theogen Rutagwenda Rwanda

Dr Karim Boughalem Algeria

Secretary General

Dr Gaston Djonwe

Cameroon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Americas

President

Dr Guilherme Marques Brazil

Vice-Presidents

Dr Miguel Azañón

Guatemala

Dr Mark Trotman

Barbados

Secretary General

Dr Martine Dubuc

Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia, the Far-East and Oceania

President

Dr Zhang Zhongqiu

China (People's Rep. of)

Vice-Presidents

Dr Sen Sovann

Cambodia

Dr Keshav Prasad Premy Nepal

Secretary General

Dr Matthew Stone

New-Zélande

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

President

Dr Ago Pärtel

Estonia

Vice-Presidents

Dre Siala Rustamova

Azerbaijan

Dr Lucio Carbajo Goñi  Spain

Secretary General

Dr Budimir Plavšić

Serbia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle East

President

Dr Kassem N. Al-Qahtani

Qatar

Vice-Presidents

Dr Abdulghani Y. Al-Fadhl

Saudi Arabia

Dr Elias Ibrahim

Lebanon

Secretary General

Dr Salah F. Abbas

Iraq













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