Sustainable Laboratory Support
PVS Laboratory missions
The COVID-19 pandemic has marked a challenging period, and travel restrictions made implementation of in-country PVS Sustainable Laboratories missions challenging. To adapt to this situation, the methodology has been fully adapted to be carried out 100% virtually, with three missions implemented since 2020, and four more in the pipeline through 2023.
Despite the new format, the mission’s objectives remain unchanged:
to identify physical, human, and financial resources needed by the country’s veterinary laboratory system
to evaluate its pertinence, sustainability, and efficiency within the broader national context
to present insights and options to the national Veterinary Services to support decision-making.
The approach analyses current and prospective demand and present supply of laboratory services, as well as a range of sustainable management, organisational and financial options to facilitate sound decision making on an efficient, fit-for-purpose national laboratory network, including official delegation to private laboratories.
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Since 2006, the OIE has been applying the concept to laboratories to build expertise for the mostimportant animal diseases, zoonoses and technical skills in all its regions, in direct support of the OIE’s strategy to improve global capacity for disease prevention, detection, and control through better veterinary governance.
Through twinning, the OIE aims to provide a more balanced geographical distribution of advanced expertise, allowing more countries to access high-quality diagnostic testing and technical knowledge within their own region, thus facilitating early disease detection or confirmation and rapid control.
Each twinning project directly links an existing OIE Reference Laboratory or Collaborating Centre with a selected candidate institute . Knowledge and skills are exchanged through this link over a determined project period through staff exchanges, training of key staff, quality assurance and biosafety reviews and proficiency testing. Twinning projects provide mutual benefits for both laboratories that are sustainable over time, as well as to the involved countries and their entire region.