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Laboratory Twinning – a tool to
improve global disease security
Keith Hamilton
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
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An intergovernmental organisation,
founded in 1924
178 Members Countries
Headquarters in Paris, France
 6 Regional offices
 6 Regional sub offices
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OIE International Standards
Terrestrial Animal Health Code –
mammals, birds and bees
Aquatic Animal Health Code – fish,
molluscs and crustaceans
Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines
for Terrestrial Animals
Manual of Diagnostic Tests for
Aquatic Animals
OIE Quality Standard and Guidelines for
Veterinary Laboratories: Infectious
Diseases
Available in 3 languages and on the OIE website
Mandate of an OIE Reference Laboratory
(disease based)
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Centre of expertise and standardisation – develop and uphold OIE
Standards
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Technical advice, diagnostic services and training
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Confirmatory testing, pathogen isolation and characterisation report positive findings to the international community
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Develop new diagnostic tests
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Publish and disseminate useful information
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Mandate of an OIE Collaborating Centres
(competence based)
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Centre of research, expertise, standardisation and dissemination of
techniques
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Provide technical advice and training
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Develop new techniques and procedures
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Publish and disseminate useful information
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Place expert consultants at the disposal of OIE
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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)
Aims and objectives - expertise
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To build scientific communities and improve compliance
with OIE standards
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Improved access to high quality diagnostics and
technical assistance for more OIE Member
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Eventually for some Candidates to apply for ‘reference’
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To help countries to enter scientific debate on an equal
footing with others
Aims and objectives - networking
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Extend the OIE network of expertise to provide better
global geographical coverage for priority diseases in
priority areas
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To form long and lasting links between the two institutes
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Strengthen global disease surveillance networks
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To strengthen national scientific networks
Scope
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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
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
http://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/eng/Health_standards/tahm/1.1.02_BIOSAFETY.pdf
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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http://www.oie.int/en/support-to-oie-members/laboratory-twinning/