Who we are

The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organisation for Animal Health but kept its historical acronym OIE

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organisation for Animal Health but kept its historical acronym OIE.

The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide.

It is recognised as a reference organisation by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in 2018 has a total of 182 Member Countries. The OIE maintains permanent relations with nearly 75 other international and regional organisations and has Regional and sub-regional Offices on every continent.


How does the organisation function?

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

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

  • Council

    The Council is composed of the President of the World Assembly of Delegates, the Vice-President, the Past President and six Delegates representing all the regions, all elected (with the exception of the former President) for…
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  • Regional Commissions

    The OIE has set up five Regional Commissions to express specific problems facing its Members in the different regions of the world. These Commissions can be seen as fully fledged regional institutional bodies. These Commissions…
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  • Specialist Commissions

    The role of the OIE’s Specialist Commissions is to use current scientific information to study problems of epidemiology and the prevention and control of animal diseases, to develop and revise OIE’s international standards and to…
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The OIE’s financial resources are derived principally from compulsory annual contributions backed up by voluntary contributions from Member Countries.

Contact us:
12, rue de Prony
75017 Paris, France

Tel.: 33 – (0)1 44 15 18 88
Fax: 33 – (0)1 42 67 09 87

Email : [email protected]
Web Site: www.oie.int