Standard-Setting Process

The OIE regularly updates its international standards in accordance with its standard-setting process, which is based on the latest scientific knowledge. It is an inclusive process that includes the participation of OIE Members and partner international organisations. Please watch the video below to understand better how the OIE International Standards are developed.


OIE International Standards: How are they developed?

The relevant Specialist Commission considers requests to develop new standards or review existing standards received from a range of stakeholders including from Members, partner international organisations, and its scientific network. These are reviewed, prioritised and included on its respective work plans. OIE ad hoc Groups and Working Groups may be requested to address specific topics to ensure that new or revised standards are based on the latest scientific evidence and knowledge. The views of OIE Members and partner international organisations are routinely sought through the circulation of draft and revised texts in the relevant Specialist Commission report.

The only pathway for adoption of a new or revised standard is by approval of the World Assembly of Delegates at the annual OIE General Session. Newly adopted standards in the Aquatic Code or Terrestrial Code are published in a revised edition (available online or in hard copy); or online versions for the two Diagnostic Manuals.

Further information on the individual four Specialist Commissions can be found following the links below.
Calendar of the upcoming Specialist Commission meetings
Meeting dates per CommissionFebruary 2022September 2022
Code Commission1-106-15
Biological Standards Commission7-115-9
Scientific Commission7-1812-23
Aquatic Animals Commission16-2314-21
Projected dates of the next meetings of the four Specialist Commissions
Further information on the OIE Working Groups and ad hoc Groups can be found below: