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The World Organisation for Animal Health (Organisation mondiale de la santé animale in French), formerly known as the Office international des épizooties (OIE, French for "International Epizootic Office"), is an international intergovernmental organization founded in 1924 to combat rinderpest.[1] In April 2010, the OIE had 175 member countries and territories.[2] Its headquarters are in Paris, France.



The mission of the OIE is:

  • to guarantee the transparency of animal disease status world-wide
  • to collect, analyse and disseminate veterinary scientific information
  • to provide expertise and promote international solidarity for the control of animal diseases
  • to guarantee the sanitary safety of world trade by developing sanitary rules for international trade in animals and animal products.


The organization was created following the rinderpest epizootic in Belgium in 1920. The disease had originated in India and concern over the spread led to an international conference in Paris in March 1921. An agreement was signed on January 25, 1924 by 28 countries.

The Director general of the OIE

Dr Bernard Vallat was elected Director General of the OIE in May 2000 by the International Committee, which brings together the Delegates of all the Member Countries. His five year mandate started 1 January 2001. In May 2010, Dr Vallat was elected Director General for a third five year mandate.

See also

  • OFFLU, OIE/FAO Network of Expertise on Avian Influenza

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