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OIE PVS Pathway


Workforce Development through OIE National Focal Points Training

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In 2007, the OIE launched a global workforce development programme for OIE Delegates and National Focal Points. The OIE Delegate designates a National Focal Point for each of the following eight key topics, of critical importance to the Veterinary Services: animal disease notification, wildlife, veterinary products and AMR, animal production food safety, animal welfare, aquatic animals, communication, and laboratories. The National Focal Point should assist the Delegate in fulfilling his/her responsibilities to the OIE, especially in these areas of specialisation, in order to ensure a standard setting and implementation process that is transparent and inclusive among OIE Member Countries. This training programme provides Veterinary Services’ good governance concepts to OIE Members and explains the role of the OIE National Focal Point.

Regional training seminars for OIE National Focal Points are held in each OIE Region and for each topic. These seminars aim to provide participants with knowledge of the commitments and responsibilities of the OIE Delegate, and their specialist role in supporting them, in the standard-setting process, and on compliance with the OIE international standards, including in disease reporting and Veterinary Services.  The training also raises awareness about regional and global issues and concerns outside of the national context. The seminars provide specialised and horizontal training across the OIE mandate on topics relevant to their area of expertise, while also promoting reflection on how national systems can further work towards compliance with the OIE standards, including via the PVS Pathway.

The OIE works to empower National Focal Points to share information with their relevant colleagues, provide further training on OIE standards to staff, and to better connect the areas of the Veterinary Services operating in the veterinary domain but not necessarily under the Veterinary Authority (e.g., aquatics, wildlife).

Efforts are underway to take advantage of the OIE’s network of Collaborating Centres to provide specialised training support to OIE Member Countries as well as to develop new training mechanisms and platforms, including e-learning.