Regional Representation for Americas

The OIE Focal Points

Due to the fact that the responsibilities of the delegates have increased, since the 76th General Session in May 2008, the World Assembly of Delegates decided that the delegates could nominate National Focal Points to assist their delegates in their work on specific topics.Thus, one of the rights and responsibilities of Delegates, is the nomination of focal points, which should be under the authority of the OIE Delegate, this means that when the different Focal Points forward information to the OIE, they do so under the authority of the OIE Delegate.

This practice applies even if the Focal Points depend on other departments or ministries that are not part of the jurisdiction of the Veterinary Authority, since the OIE considers, from a legal perspective, the official delegate of the OIE is the sole representative of country.

To date, OIE has identified 8 focal points:

The specific tasks for each Focal Point are indicated in their respective terms of reference. Additionally, in order to support countries OIE conducts specific training workshops for each of these 8 tracks around every two years in the five regions of the OIE.