The OIE Members are obligated to assign a national representative for the OIE, named the OIE Delegate. The Delegate is appointed by the national government and the Member’s Chief Veterinary Officer (Head of the Animal Health/Production Department) is most frequently appointed as the delegate. The World Assembly of Delegates, which is comprised of the Delegates of all Member Countries and meets at least once a year, is the highest authority of the OIE. The Delegates have the obligations to notify animal diseases present in their country/territory and should ensure that standards, guidelines and resolutions are duly implemented. The Delegates are also responsible for bringing disease information and the OIE standards and guidelines to the attention of their governments and all related public and private stakeholders. All OIE activities in the country are channeled or implemented through the consent/information of the national delegate.