Aquatic Animals Commission

The Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission (the Aquatic Animals Commission), created in 1960, is responsible for ensuring that the Aquatic Animal Health Code (the Aquatic Code) and Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals (the Aquatic Manual) reflect current scientific information.

Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission

Overview

The Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission (the Aquatic Animals Commission), created in 1960, is responsible for overseeing developments of the Aquatic Animal Health Code (the Aquatic Code) and Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals (the Aquatic Manual) and ensuring that they reflect current scientific information.

The Aquatic Animals Commission comprises six members, who are elected by the World Assembly of Delegates for a three-year term. The members are internationally recognised specialists with a broad understanding of the major diseases of aquatic animals addressed by the Aquatic Code and with expertise in surveillance, diagnosis, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases or methods, welfare of farmed fish, and experience in international trade in aquatic animals and aquatic animal products.

The Aquatic Animals Commission collaborates closely with the Code Commission and Biological Standards Commission for scientific expertise as well as to ensure harmonised approaches, as appropriate.

The Internal rules, Terms of reference of the Aquatic Animals Commission and Qualifications of its members can be found in the Basic Texts (pp. 6-7):

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Members

Dr Ingo Ernst
(President)
AUSTRALIA
Dr Alicia Gallardo Lagno
(Vice-President)
CHILE
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is f9eff265-2834-445d-8c82-85ff96bf4b9d-850x1024.jpgDr Fiona Geoghegan
(Vice-President)
IRELAND
Dr Kevin William Christison
SOUTH AFRICA
Dr Hong Liu
CHINA (People’s Rep. of)
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is picture-er-1-150x150.jpgProf Espen Rimstad
NORWAY