Mandate of OIE Reference Laboratory

The OIE has a worldwide network of Reference Laboratories located in all continents. Each laboratory, within its specific mandate, is requested to fulfil the terms of reference recognised as essential for any OIE Reference Laboratory. In particular the OIE Reference Laboratory  is committed:

  • To function as a centre of expertise and standardizations for a designated disease(s) or topics;
  • To store and distribute to national laboratories biological reference products and any other reagents used in the diagnosis and control of the designated disease(s) or topics, means they have to produce positive and negative control;
  • To have Standard Operative Procedures accredited by an International body accreditor procedures for diagnosis and control of the designated disease(s) or topics;
  • Organise proficiency testing means production of positive and negative samples and organisation of them;
  • To gather, process, analyze and disseminate epizootiological data relevant to their specialty means publications;
  • To place expert consultants at the disposal of the OIE.
  • Provision of scientific and technical training for personnel from Member Countries;
  • Provision of diagnostic testing facilities to Member Countries, means diagnostic support;
  • Organization of scientific meetings on behalf of the OIE;
  • Coordination of scientific and technical studies in collaboration with other laboratories or organizations means research;
  • Publication and dissemination of any information in their sphere of competence
  General activities of OIE Reference Laboratories Percentage of Laboratories carrying out these activities
1 Test(s) in use/or available for the specified disease 100%
2 Production and distribution of diagnostic reagents 86%
  Specific OIE activities  
3 International harmonisation/standardisation of methods 68%
4 Preparation and supply of international reference standards 59%
5 Research and development of new procedures 88%
6 Collection, analysis and dissemination of epizootiological data 68%
7 Provision of consultant expertise 66%
8 Provision of scientific and technical training 66%
9 Provision of diagnostic testing facilities 52%
10 Organisation of international scientific meetings 37%
11 Participation in international scientific collaborative studies 66%
12 Presentations and publications 83%


AuthorLaura De Antoniis

My background: International Studies concerning Latin American-Africa-Middle Est Countries, Political Science and Development Cooperation Politics Current Job: Consultant at Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale Abruzzo e Molise Previous Job: Consultant at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation, WAICENT Department