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What is the OIE?


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The OIE is an intergovernmental organisation created by the International Agreement of 25 January 1924, signed by 28 countries. In 2011, the OIE totalled 178  Member Countries and Territories


The Office is placed under the authority and control of a World Assembly of Delegates consisting of Delegates designated by the Governments of Member Countries.

The day-to-day operation of the OIE is managed at the Headquarters situated in Paris, placed under the responsibility of a Director General elected by the International Committee. The Central Bureau implements the resolutions passed by the International Committee and developed with the support of elected Commissions:

The OIE's financial resources are derived principally from regular annual contributions backed up by voluntary contributions from Member Countries

International Relationships

The OIE maintains permanent relations with 36 other international organisations. The Office has also appointed regional coordinators on all 5 continents.


Incursions of rinderpest into Europe and most notably the epizootic which occurred in Belgium in 1920 led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties in 1924.