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10. APHCA: 00/9 - Final Statements

The FAO-APHCA/WHO/OIE Workshop on Veterinary Public Health and Zoonoses[3]

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 6-7 November 2000

Statement

The FAO-APHCA/WHO/OIE Workshop on Veterinary Public Health and Zoonoses emphasize the importance of veterinary public health, zoonoses control and food safety and will collaborate with individual countries to promote the strengthening of veterinary public health structures and functions according to priorities, current status and available economic resources.

THE OIE/FAO-APHCA WORKSHOP ON THE WTO’S SPS AGREEMENT[4]

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 8-9 November 2000

Considering that:

1. The Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement was in force on 1st January 1995, with the inauguration of the World Trade Organization (WTO), with a view to reducing the negative effects of sanitary barriers on international trade in animals and animal products.

2. The SPS recognizes the right of governments to take appropriate measures to ensure their adequate level of protection, on condition that they are necessary for health protection and are based on transparent and scientific evidence.

3. The international animal health measures within the framework of the SPS Agreement are considered to be those of standards, guidelines and recommendations (International Standards) established under the auspices of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE).

The OIE/FAO-APHCA Workshop on the WTO’s SPS Agreement recommends that:
1. Countries are strongly encouraged to join the standard setting international and regional organizations (OIE, Codex Alimentarius, International Plant Protection Convention) relating to the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (SPS), if they have not done so.

2. Countries be encouraged to pay careful attention to the International Standards with a view to achieving the widest possible harmonization of their animal health measures to ensure the protection of human and animal life and health.

3. Countries pay attention to the documents related to the International Standards developed by the OIE when establishing the necessary measures governing their imports and exports of animals and animal products.

4. Wider participation in the OIE Code setting process, whenever appropriate, be taken.

5. While issuance of a veterinary inspection certificate is the responsibility of National Veterinary Services, in countries where multiple ministries are engaged in matters of trade relating to the SPS Agreement, there should be an efficient coordination process and adequate budgets among federal and state governments and industry to allow efficient trading in animals and animal products.

6. Countries organize and strengthen their national veterinary services to meet the requirements as per the WTO’s SPS and related Agreements.


[3] Full details of this workshop will appear as a separated proceedings
[4] Full details of this workshop will appear as a separated proceedings

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