The OIE Pathway
In order to achieve national and global eradication of rinderpest, a system was needed to verify the steps taken towards these goals. There was also a need to provide support for countries that encountered difficulties in the trade of livestock and livestock products due to the presence or past occurrence of rinderpest, or the recent use of the vaccine.
GREP and its partners have faced many challenges in assisting countries, consolidating the achievements made, and ensuring that the eradication deadline of 2011 can be met. To strengthen the process, GREP and AU-IBAR proposed modifications to the OIE Pathway so that it could be in line with the new rinderpest epidemiological situation. In May 2007, the adoption of a new Terrestrial Animal Health Code Rinderpest Chapter and Annex by the 75th OIE General Session marked the start of the final thrust to achieve global rinderpest freedom accreditation by the deadline of 2011.
This system, elaborated during the expert consultation held in Paris (August 1989) on Rinderpest Surveillance Systems (described in the document "Recommended Standards for epidemiological surveillance systems for rinderpest"), has since become informally but widely known as the OIE Pathway. These standards were adopted by the 66th General Session of the OIE and now form part of the International Animal Health Code, section 126.96.36.199, page 379 (OIE, 1998).
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