Steps for designation
The steps for designation as an FAO Reference Centre are:
- The institution submits an application and declaration of interest to the concerned FAO technical unit.
- The FAO technical unit evaluates the application, including the declaration of possible conflicts of interest.
- The FAO technical unit and the institution agree on a work plan.
- The technical unit submits recommendations to higher FAO management for approval in principle.
- FAO consults government authorities in the country of the applying institution and seeks their endorsement.
- The designation letter is drafted and shared with the applicant.
- Once all clearances are received, the final designation letter is sent to the institution for signature.
If an application does not meet the criteria (e.g., lack of a leading scientific role, inadequate biocontainment level and/or level of collaboration with the developing world), the technical unit invites the institution to reapply should the situation change.