OIE Reference Laboratories (RL) are designated to pursue all the scientific and technical matters relating to a named disease. The expert should be a leading and active researcher helping the RL to provide scientific and technical assistance and expert advice on topics linked to diagnosis and control of the disease for which the RL is responsible. RLs should also provide scientific and technical training for personnel from Members and coordinate scientific and technical studies in collaboration with other laboratories or organizations.
OIE Collaborating Centres (CC) are centres of expertise in a specific designated sphere of competence relating to the management of general questions on animal health issues. In its designated specialty, they must provide their expertise internationally.
As per the recommendations from the past Global Conference of OIE Reference Centres, the OIE Regional Representation of Asia and the Pacific organised the Regional Meeting for OIE Reference Centres for Asia and the Pacific in 2017 and 2019. The meeting determined the priority, feasibility and who would lead the initiative with the participants being asked to commit to making presentable progress towards the notions within a 2 year time frame. Throughout the meeting, the idea of an online platform has been mentioned numerous times and the possible utility and benefits provided by such a platform has also been discussed. Thus, it was unanimously agreed that the creation of an online platform should take first priority moving forward.
The Laboratory Twinning Programme enables the OIE to use its network of Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centres (referred as Parent institutes) to assist “Candidate” institutes wishing to improve their capacity and scientific expertise. The aim is to strengthen national and regional laboratories capabilities, and for some of the Candidate Institutes to become OIE Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centres for the benefit of their country and region.