Regional Representation for Americas

OIE Reference Centres

An OIE Reference Centre is designated either as:

    “OIE Reference Laboratory” whose principal mandate is to function as a world reference centre of expertise on designated pathogens or diseases;

    “OIE Collaborating Centre” whose principal mandate is to function as a world centre of research, expertise, standardisation of techniques and dissemination of knowledge on a specialty;

Two or several Reference Centres may be designated as an OIE Network of Reference Centres, following the Guidance for the Management of OIE Reference Centre Networks.

The network of Collaborating Centres and Reference Laboratories constitutes the core of OIE scientific expertise and excellence. The ongoing contribution of these institutes to the work of the OIE ensures that the standards, guidelines and recommendations developed by the Specialist Commissions and published by the OIE are scientifically sound and up-to-date.

The OIE has a procedure for the validation and certification of diagnostic assays, based on regular evaluations by experts. The diagnostic tests validated as fit-for-purpose are included in the Register of the OIE.

For use by veterinary services and technical experts, the OIE collates, develops and distributes specific technical information and recommendations on a variety of topics related to animal health.


Reference Laboratories

OIE Reference Laboratories are designated to pursue all the scientific and technical problems relating to a named disease on the OIE lists. The role of a Reference Laboratory is to function as a center of expertise and standardization of diagnostic techniques for its designated disease. The Expert, responsible to the OIE and its Member Countries with regard to these issues, should be a leading and active researcher helping the Reference Laboratory to provide scientific and technical assistance and expert advice on topics linked to surveillance and control of the disease for which the Reference Laboratory is responsible. They may also provide scientific and technical training for personnel from Member Countries, and coordinate scientific and technical studies in collaboration with other laboratories or organizations (see OIE Mandate and Internal Rules for Reference Laboratories here).

The OIE has a global network of over 150 Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centers.

For the list of the regional reference laboratories clasified by disease, please click here.

For the list of the regional reference laboratories clasified by country, please click here.


Collaborating Centers

OIE Collaborating Centers are centers of expertise in a specific designated sphere of competence relating to the management of general questions on animal health issues (for example epidemiology, risk analysis, etc.). In its designated field of competence, they must provide their expertise internationally (see OIE Mandate for Collaborating Centers here).

For the list of the regional colaborating centres, please click here.