Issue 30 – August 2011
ISO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on 6 July 2011 signed a cooperation agreement on international Standards related to the trade of animal and animal products. The ISO-OIE agreement was signed at the ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, by ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele and OIE Director General Bernard Vallat.
ISO, a nongovernmental organisation with a membership comprising the national Standards bodies of more than 160 countries, is the world's largest developer of voluntary international Standards, with a current portfolio of more than 18600.
The OIE is an intergovernmental organisation with 178 member countries developing international standards concerning the safety of trade in animals and products of animal origin. OIE's aim is to improve animal health and welfare worldwide. The OIE is one of the so-called 'three sisters', along with the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the International Plant Protection Convention, whose standards, guidelines, and recommendations are specifically recognised in the World Trade Organization's Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) agreement.
Areas of ISO's work of potential interest to the OIE include Standards for food products, microbiology, animal feeding stuffs, fisheries and aquaculture, conformity assessment, tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry, quality management, biological evaluation of medical devices, consumer policy, ships and marine technologies, packaging, and social responsibility.
The agreement focuses on a targeted exchange of information on issues of mutual interest, provides for participation in each other's work and encourages the use and reference of each organisation's standards, in accordance with their respective standards development rules and commercial policies.