The designation of Reference Centres has undergone an in-depth review according to FAO corporate policy, and the animal health service is actively involved in the process of designating Reference Centres. For this purpose, the animal health service has formed a panel of experts that reviews applications.
The FAO animal health technical panels evaluate applications against the following criteria (described in in the DG Bulletin No 2006/32):
- Ability to carry out one or several of the following functions:
- standardization of technology, therapeutic and other substances, and methods/procedures;
- provision of reference substances and services such as quality assurance;
- participation in collaborative research of a scientific, technical or policy nature;
- contribution to capacity development through the provision of training;
- coordination of activities carried out by other institutions;
- provision of information and advice of a scientific, technical and policy nature.
- Active engagement in fields of expertise relevant to the work of FAO, and contribution to the implementation of FAO’s programme priorities and to strengthening capacities in countries and regions.
- Prior successful collaboration with FAO for a minimum of two years (or less under special circumstances, to be justified and demonstrated by the relevant technical unit) in carrying out jointly planned activities.
- Submission of a declaration of interest.