Sustainable Laboratory Support

PVS Laboratory missions

The OIE PVS Evaluation missions and PVS Gap Analysis missions allow for the evaluation of Veterinary Services’ official need for laboratory analysis, as well as their availability and cost as a first step, but do not allow an in-depth analysis of the pertinence and efficiency of the national laboratory network. In particular, the heavy cost of a national laboratory network is not considered in terms of Veterinary Services’ need for laboratory analysis. It is for this reason that the PVS Pathway Laboratory Mission was developed.

The PVS Sustainable Laboratory mission therefore determines the resources needed by the national veterinary laboratory network to meet the needs of Veterinary Services and to evaluate the pertinence of its structure and its viability in the national context in order to present elements needed for strategic 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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PVS Pathway Laboratory Reports

Laboratory Twinning

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.