Standard-Setting Process

The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) regularly updates its international standards in accordance with new scientific information and technological advances, following its established transparent and democratic adoption procedures. The only pathway for adoption of a standard is via approval by the World Assembly of Delegates at their meeting in May each year at the WOAH General Assembly. After adoption, these standards are published in updated in the respective volumes of the Codes and Manuals.

Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission

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Biological Standards Commission

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Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases

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Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission

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Working Groups

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Ad hoc Groups

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The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) regularly updates its international standards in accordance with its standard-setting process, which is based on the latest scientific knowledge. It is an inclusive process that includes the participation of WOAH Members and partner international organisations. Please watch the video below to understand better how the WOAH International Standards are developed.

The relevant Specialist Commission considers requests to develop new standards or review existing standards received from a range of stakeholders including from Members, partner international organisations, and its scientific network. These are reviewed, prioritised and included on its respective work plans.

The WOAH ad hoc Groups and Working Groups may be requested to address specific topics to ensure that new or revised standards are based on the latest scientific evidence and knowledge. The views of the WOAH Members and partner international organisations are routinely sought through the circulation of draft and revised texts in the relevant Specialist Commission report.

The only pathway for adoption of a new or revised standard is by approval of the World Assembly of Delegates at the annual WOAH General Session. Newly adopted standards in the Aquatic Code or Terrestrial Code are published in a revised edition (available online or in hard copy); or online versions for the two Diagnostic Manuals.


Calendar of the upcoming Specialist Commission meetings

Meeting dates per CommissionSeptember 2022February 2023
Code Commission13-227-16
Biological Standards Commission5-96-10
Scientific Commission19-2313-17
Aquatic Animals Commission14-2115-22
Projected dates of the next meetings of the four Specialist Commissions