Ad hoc Groups

An ad hoc Group is convened at the initiative of the Director General to provide expert advice on a topic as defined by the Terms of Reference. The ad hoc Group reports are considered by the relevant Specialist Commission or Director General. An ad hoc Group usually comprises six internationally recognised experts and take into consideration geographical representation and gender balance.

Nomination of experts

Delegates may nominate experts for specific ad hoc Groups, in particular for those that are in the planning phase not yet formally established. Delegates are also invited to consult the Commission’s work plan to identify potential upcoming area of work. Delegates may send the name(s) of the expert(s) via email to [email protected]. However, experts must submit their relevant information by filling out this form. This information will be considered but does not guarantee that the expert will be selected. It will assist the WOAH in establishing a database of internationally recognised experts.


Ad hoc Group reports

Ad hoc Group reports published since 2016 can be accessed from the menu on the top of this page. To access reports prior to July 2016, please refer to reports of the relevant WOAH Specialist Commission available here.


Ad hoc Group meeting schedule

The schedule for upcoming ad hoc Group meetings is presented below.

Ad hoc GroupsStatusToRYear 2022
Animal Semen: Chapter 4.7.Terrestrial CodeE  TBC for 2023
Biosecurity: New Chapter 4.XE29 Nov- 1 Dec
BSE (impact assessment)EYes 22-24 June
BSE (surveillance guidelines)E25 Oct
Code Chapters 5.4 to 5.7 RevisionEYes15-17 Nov
Contagious equine metritis and equine piroplasmosisE
Emergency disease preparedness and disease outbreak managementE Yes29-31 Mar
International Standard Bovine Tuberculin (ISBT)E
PVS Evaluation with ASF specific content methodologyEAug
Rift Valley feverE  TBC for 2023
SARS Covid-2EYes
Slaughter and killing of animals for disease control purposesE Yes25-27 Oct
Status evaluation on AHSECancelled
Status evaluation on BSEE Cancelled
Status evaluation on CBPPE Yes16 Nov
Status evaluation on CSFEYes5-7 Dec
Status evaluation on FMDEYes2, 3, 4, 7 & 9 Nov
Status evaluation on PPRE Yes19-21 Oct
Status evaluation on dog mediated rabiesEYes8-10 Nov
Surra and DourineE TBC for 2023
Susceptibility of fish species to infection with WOAH listed diseasesE Yes4, 7, 8 Apr & 16-21 Oct
Susceptibility of mollusc species to infection with WOAH listed diseasesE Yes Jun & 29 Nov-1 Dec
Sustainable laboratoriesE  
Technical References for ‘aquatic animals’E8-9 Feb & Jun & Sep
Wildlife trade and marketsE
*E = Established AHG; P = Planned and open for nomination of experts.

Terms of Reference and Internal rules for Working Groups and ad hoc Groups

Reports from ad hoc Groups on Terrestrial Animals

Disease specific


Other terrestrial animal related subjects

Reports from ad hoc Groups on Aquatic Animals

Disease specific


Other aquatic animal related subjects

Report of ad hoc Groups on animal welfare

Reports from ad hoc Groups on Antimicrobial resistance

Evaluation for official status and endorsement of control programmes

Reports from ad hoc Groups on other subjects