Code Commission

  • Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission (Code Commission)

Overview

The Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission (the Code Commission), which was created in 1960, is responsible for ensuring that the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (the Terrestrial Code ) reflects current scientific information. The Terrestrial Code contains trade standards for terrestrial animals and their products.

The Code Commission, which comprises six elected members experienced in regulatory veterinary science drawn from all OIE regions, meets several times yearly to address its work programme. It works with internationally renowned specialists to prepare draft texts for new articles of the Terrestrial Code and to revise existing articles in light of advances in veterinary science. As well, the Code Commission collaborates closely with the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission on issues needing a harmonised approach, and with the Biological Standards Commission and the Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases to ensure the Code Commission is utilising the latest scientific information in its work.

The views of the Delegates of Member Countries are routinely sought through the circulation of draft and revised texts and, at each General Session, the Delegates discuss and formally adopt the draft texts as OIE standards. These texts are then incorporated into the next edition of the Terrestrial Code .

Members of the Commission are elected by the International Committee for a period of three years.

Terms of reference

I. Terms of Reference

The terms of reference of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission are:

1. To promote the adoption by the International Committee of animal health (including zoonoses), animal welfare and animal production food safety standards, guidelines and recommendations concerning trade or international movement of mammals, birds and bees, and their products. Such standards, guidelines and recommendations are designed to minimise the risks of transmitting diseases (including zoonoses) while avoiding unjustified sanitary barriers.

2. To edit an annual compendium of such standards, guidelines and recommendations (the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code – the Terrestrial Code) in formats and languages as required by the Committee.

3. To advise the Director General on the composition and the activities of the Working Groups on animal welfare and animal production food safety, and to coordinate their work.

4. To develop in collaboration with other OIE Specialist Commissions and with relevant experts:

a) generic chapters in the Terrestrial Code which address general topics such as evaluation of veterinary services, certification, regionalisation, risk analysis methodology, antimicrobial resistance and which are in harmony with similar recommendations in the OIE Aquatic Animal Health Code.

b) disease-specific chapters and appendices in the Terrestrial Code which are maintained current with the latest scientific information, and which provide clear guidance to users on terrestrial animal diseases on the OIE list of notifiable diseases.

5. To identify issues that require in-depth review and propose, to the Director General, the composition and terms of reference of experts or Ad hoc Groups of experts convened specifically to study such issues, and if necessary, to participate in the work of these Groups.

6. To advise the Director General on issues relevant to its work arising or being discussed in other international organisations (such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the International Plant Protection Convention and the WTO) or fora.

7. To represent the OIE at scientific and specialised conferences upon the request of the Director General.

II. Internal Rules

Article 1

The OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission shall consist of a Bureau (comprised of a President, a Vice-President and a Secretary General) and three other Members.

Article 2

The Committee selects the Members of the Bureau individually and then the other three members, taking into account the need for a geographically balanced representation, and the need for relevant expertise. The members of the Commission are elected for a period of three years. The mandate of the Commission Members may be renewed. Positions should be filled as they fall vacant before elections as indicated in the first paragraph.

Article 3

The Commission shall meet at least once during the year to review comments from Members, to revise chapters as appropriate, and to finalise chapters to be presented to the International Committee. At least one of the meetings in the year shall be held in conjunction with the Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases and the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission and if necessary with other Specialist Commissions. A special meeting may be organised immediately prior to the General Session.

Article 4

The Bureau of the Commission shall meet as often as the DG considers necessary, at a venue determined by the Director General, in consultation with the President of the Commission.

Article 5

Where appropriate, specialists from national/regional/international organisations and from OIE Collaborating Centres and Reference Laboratories, appointed by the Director General, shall attend certain parts of meetings of the Commission or Bureau for particular topics relating to their field of competence.

Article 6

After each meeting, the Secretary General of the Commission shall provide the Director General with a report on the proceedings of the meeting, a draft of a work programme and the proposed dates for the next meeting.

Article 7

The Commission shall make available to the Director General, by no later than 1 February each year, all texts which are to be presented for adoption or comments during the following General Session of the Committee. These texts shall be sent by the Central Bureau to Member Countries for examination and comment before the General Session.

Article 8

The President of the Commission will report annually to the Committee the activities of the Commission and the draft of the relevant resolutions that it wishes the Committee to adopt.

Article 9

When reporting to the Committee on the activities of the Commission, the President of the Commission shall present, in the form of chapters of the Terrestrial Code, proposed final texts on which Member Countries have been consulted, in accordance with Article 7 above.

Article 10

All formal correspondence between the Commission and outside individuals or bodies shall be issued through the office of the Director General.

Article 11

The President of the Commission, in concert with the Bureau, shall periodically consult with Member Countries as to whether or not the contents of the Terrestrial Code are continuing to satisfy their needs as international standards.

Article 12

The Central Bureau shall assist the Secretary General of the Commission in recording meetings of the Commission and preparing reports, notably by providing secretarial support, word-processing equipment and translation services.

III. Qualifications of the Members

Commission Members shall be veterinarians with a broad knowledge of the major diseases of animals, experience and expertise in the animal health aspects of international trade in animals and animal products, and an understanding and practical experience of the relevant international trading rules.

Reports

TAHSC meeting (February 2021)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2021_PART_A.PDF (2000 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2020)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2020_INTRO.PDF (513 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2020_PART_A.PDF (652 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2020_PART_B.PDF (1047 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2020_PART_C.PDF (812 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (February 2020)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2020_INTRO.PDF (509 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2020_PART_A.PDF (1,25 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2020_PART_B.PDF (270 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2020_PART_C.PDF (252 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2019)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2019_INTRO.PDF (369 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2019_PART_A.PDF (1309 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2019_PART_B.PDF (501 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2019_PART_C.PDF (710 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (February 2019)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2019_INTRO.PDF (356)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2019_PART_A.PDF (395 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2019_PART_B.PDF (426 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2018)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2018_INTRO.PDF (366 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2018_PART_A.PDF (363 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2018_PART_B.PDF (918Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2018_PART_C.PDF (746 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (February 2018)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2018_INTRO.PDF (546 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2018_PART_A.PDF (1509 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2018_PART_B.PDF (473 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2018_PART_C.PDF (683 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2017) A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2017_INTRO.PDF (455 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2017_PART_A.PDF (758Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2017_PART_B.PDF (452 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2017_PART_C.PDF (875Ko)
TAHSC meeting (February 2017)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2017_INTRO.pdf (519 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2017_PART A.pdf (741 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2017_PART B.pdf (1272 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2017_PART C.pdf (783 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2017_PART D.pdf (601 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2017_PART E.pdf (225 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2016)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2016_INTRO.pdf (401 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2016_PART A.pdf (676 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2016_PART B.pdf (453 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2016_PART C.pdf (703 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (February 2016)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2016_INTRO.pdf (352 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2016_PART A.pdf (1684 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2016_PART B.pdf(1198 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (August-September 2015)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2015_INTRO.pdf (283 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2015_PART A.pdf (2174 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER2015_PART B.pdf(1161 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (February 2015)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2015_INTRO.pdf (258 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2015_PART A.pdf (2714 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY2015_PART B.pdf(1219 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2014)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2014_INTRO.pdf (209 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2014_PART A.pdf (1846 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2014_PART B.pdf(1010 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (February 2014)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2014_INTRO.pdf (316 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2014_PART A.pdf (1644 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2014_PART B.pdf(337 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2014_PART C.pdf(393 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2013)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2013_INTRO.pdf (184 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2013_PART A.pdf (1811 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2013_PART B.pdf (307 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (February 2013A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2013_INTRO.pdf (218 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2013_PART A.pdf (2220 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2013_PART B.pdf (1899 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2012)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2012_INTRO.pdf (212 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2012_PART A.pdf (1657 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2012_PART B.pdf (635 Ko)
 TAHSC meeting (February 2012)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2012_INTRO.pdf (335 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2012_PART A.pdf (2908 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2012_PART B.pdf (3161 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2011)TAHSC meeting (February 2011)TAHSC meeting (September 2010)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER  2011_INTRO.pdf (440 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER  2011_PART A.pdf 2919 (Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER  2011_PART B.pdf (1210 Ko)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2011 INTRO.pdf (540 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2011 PART A.pdf (4836 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2011 PART B.pdf (2078 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2010_INTRO.pdf (124 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2010_PART A.pdf (5029 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2010_PART B.pdf (1866Ko)
TAHSC meeting (February 2010)A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2010_INTRO.pdf (124 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2010_PART A.pdf (2961 Ko)
A_TAHSC_FEBRUARY 2010_PART B.pdf (1703Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2009)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2009_INTRO.pdf (103 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2009_PART A(a).pdf (1661 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2009_PART A(b).pdf (1616Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2009_PART B(a).pdf (1783 Ko)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2009_PART B(b).pdf (2032 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (March 2009)A_TAHSC_MARCH 2009_INTRO.pdf (130 Ko)
A_TAHSC_MARCH 2009_PART A(a).pdf (2048 Ko)
A_TAHSC_MARCH 2009_PART A(b).pdf (157 Ko)
A_TAHSC_MARCH 2009_PART B.pdf (250 Ko)
A_TAHSC_MARCH 2009_PART C.pdf (340 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2008)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2008_INTRO.pdf (82 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2008_PART A.pdf (1960 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2008_PART B.pdf (459 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (March 2008)A_TAHSC_MARCH 2008_INTRO.pdf (107 Ko)
A_TAHSC_MARCH 2008_PART A.pdf (2321 Ko)
A_TAHSC_MARCH 2008_PART B.pdf (752 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2007)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2007_INTRO.pdf (96 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2007_PART A.pdf (1953 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2007_PART B.pdf (1477 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (March 2007)A_TAHSC_MARCH 2007_INTRO.pdf (101 Ko)
A_TAHSC_MARCH 2007_PART A.pdf (1563 Ko)
A_TAHSC_MARCH 2007_PART B.pdf (241 Ko)
A_TAHSC_MARCH 2007_PART C.pdf (1102 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (October 2006)A_TAHSC_OCTOBER 2006.pdf (5886 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (March 2006)A_TAHSC_MARCH 2006.pdf (1299 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (September 2005)A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2005 A.pdf(4443 Ko)
A_TAHSC_SEPTEMBER 2005 B.pdf (3442 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (January 2005)A_SCCD A JANUARY 2005.pdf(3587 Ko)
A_SCCD B JANUARY 2005.pdf (3084 Ko)
Meeting of the Bureau (July 2004)A_SCCD JULY 2004.pdf (554 Ko)
TAHSC meeting (December 2003)A_SCCD_DECEMBER 2003.pdf(1.713 Ko)
 

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Members’ details

Dr Etienne BONBON
(President)Senior Veterinary Advisor
EMC-AH / Animal Health Service
FAO
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome
ITALY[email protected][email protected] 
Dr Gaston Maria Funes(1st Vice-President)
Counsellor for Agricultural Affairs
Embassy of Argentina to the EU
Avenue Louise 225, (4th floor)
1050 BrusselsBELGIUM
[email protected] 
Dr Masatsugu Okita
(2nd Vice-President)
Director, International Animal Health Affairs Office
Animal Health Division
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8950
JAPAN[email protected]     

  
 Dr Lucio Ignacio Carbajo Goñi(Member)Agricultural AttachéMinistry of Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentSpanish Embassy in PeruSPAIN[email protected]
[email protected]
 
Pr. Salah Hammami(Member)Epidemiologist and Virologist
Services of Microbiology-
Immunology & General Pathology
National School of Veterinary
Medicine
Sidi Thabet -2020
TUNISIA[email protected][email protected]
Dr Bernardo Todeschini(Member)Agricultural Attaché
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil
Mission of Brazil to the European Union
BRAZIL
[email protected][email protected]