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Laboratory Twinning – a tool to improve global disease security Keith Hamilton.

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1 Laboratory Twinning – a tool to improve global disease security Keith Hamilton

2 World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) An intergovernmental organisation, founded in 1924 178 Members Countries Headquarters in Paris, France  6 Regional offices  6 Regional sub offices 29 53 13 35 52 20

3 OIE International Standards Terrestrial Animal Health Code – mammals, birds and bees Aquatic Animal Health Code – fish, molluscs and crustaceans Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals OIE Quality Standard and Guidelines for Veterinary Laboratories: Infectious Diseases Available in 3 languages and on the OIE website

4 Mandate of an OIE Reference Laboratory (disease based) Centre of expertise and standardisation – develop and uphold OIE Standards Technical advice, diagnostic services and training Confirmatory testing, pathogen isolation and characterisation - report positive findings to the international community Develop new diagnostic tests Publish and disseminate useful information

5 5 mandate

6 Mandate of an OIE Collaborating Centres (competence based) Centre of research, expertise, standardisation and dissemination of techniques Provide technical advice and training Develop new techniques and procedures Publish and disseminate useful information Place expert consultants at the disposal of OIE

7 7 mandate

8 The twinning concept Sustainable enhancement of capacity and expertise by supporting a link between an OIE RL or CC (parent) and a national laboratory (candidate)

9 Aims and objectives - expertise To build scientific communities and improve compliance with OIE standards Improved access to high quality diagnostics and technical assistance for more OIE Member Eventually for some Candidates to apply for ‘reference’ status To help countries to enter scientific debate on an equal footing with others

10 Aims and objectives - networking Extend the OIE network of expertise to provide better global geographical coverage for priority diseases in priority areas To form long and lasting links between the two institutes Strengthen global disease surveillance networks To strengthen national scientific networks

11 Scope Project length is 1-3 years For OIE listed diseases or topics Focus on expertise No funding for hardware or upgrading of facilities Ultimate aim to reach OIE reference status

12 OIE Standards and guidelines for biosafety and biosecurity in veterinary laboratories To protect health of staff, the general public, animal populations, the environment, and the pathogen

13 Steps after twinning Engaging with the international scientific community Joining disease networks Joint research opportunities Applying for OIE Reference Laboratory status


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