New official disease status and disease control programmes recognised by the OIE

For the 20th consecutive year, countries have been able to gain recognition of their status in regard to priority diseases listed by the OIE. Since the first recognition of disease status in 1996, concerning foot and mouth disease, this process has been extended and now applies to six diseases. Recognised by the World Trade Organization (WTO), this voluntary procedure plays a prominent role in the international trade of animals and their products. Countries may also request official OIE endorsement of their national control programmes in regard to three diseases.

Countries can request official OIE recognition of their disease status in regard to the following six priority diseases:
  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE);
  • foot and mouth disease (FMD);
  • contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP);
  • African horse sickness (AHS);
  • peste des petits ruminants (PPR);
  • classical swine fever (CSF).
Official endorsement of national control programmes applies to the following diseases:
  • FMD;
  • CBPP;
  • PPR.

During the presentation of certificates to countries that were granted new official disease status in May 2016, Dr Gideon Brückner, President of the OIE Scientific Commission, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first disease status recognised by the OIE World Assembly of Delegates in regard to foot and mouth disease, which took place in 1996.

Paris, 26 May 2016 – New countries and new zones obtained official recognition of their disease status during the present World Assembly:

  • seven countries were recognised as being “free from CSF” in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, as well as a zone in Brazil;
  • Latvia has been recognised as being “free from PPR”;
  • Kazakhstan and the Philippines were recognised as being  “free from AHS”;
  • six countries in Europe, Africa and the Americas were recognised as having a “negligible risk in regard to BSE”; Namibia has become the first country in Africa to be awarded official disease status in regard to this disease;
  • three countries were granted “free from CBPP” status in the Americas, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific, as well as a zone in Namibia;
  • One new zone was officially recognised as being “free from FMD without vaccination”.

In addition, the World Assembly of Delegates endorsed the national control programmes for FMD submitted by Thailand, Mongolia and Kazakhstan.

In all, 25 national requests for official recognition of disease status or of a disease control programme were adopted by the World Assembly of Delegates.

Disease status and control programmes adopted by the World Assembly of Delegates in May 2016

African horse sickness


Bovine spongiform encephalopathy

Disease-free countries

Kazakhstan, the Philippines


Countries with negligible risk

Costa Rica, Germany, Lithuania, Mexico, Namibia, Spain

Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia


Classical swine fever

Disease-free countries

New Caledonia, Mexico, Swaziland


Disease-free countries

The Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Poland

Country with a disease-free zone



Country with a disease-free zone


Foot and mouth disease


Peste des petits ruminants

Country with a disease-free zone without vaccination



Disease-free country


Countries with official control programmes

Thailand, Mongolia, Kazakhstan


All recognised disease statuses and endorsed control programmes will soon be available online.