Dr. Huang Baoxu, World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Delegate from China and a researcher with the China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC), was elected chairman of OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania (AFEO) on May 28, 2021.
The 88th General Session of the World Assembly of National Delegates to the OIE was held virtually on May 24–28. The Assembly unanimously approved maintaining the recognition of a negligible bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BES) risk status, and rinderpest-free, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia-free, and African horse sickness-free status for China. The Exotic Disease Watch and Research Center of CAHEC was designated as an OIE African Swine Fever Reference Laboratory. All these signify China’s achievements in animal diseases control are well received by the international community, and China’s research and diagnostic capabilities are up to globally advanced level.
The OIE’s recognition is of great significance in increasing China’s voice in animal health and enabling China’s leading role in the region. It will also boost the process of standard-setting and sound development of veterinary service in China.
The OIE, an intergovernmental organization, plays an important role in global animal health and food safety. Its animal health standards are recognized as international standards or guidelines by the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS measures) of the World Trade Organization. The OIE has set up five regional commissions to coordinate and promote cooperation among its members, and address policy and technical issues related with animal diseases control in respective region.