7th Cycle of regional training for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products (English-speakers)



Six Regional Workshops for OIE National Focal Points (FP) for Veterinary Products were held to date: the first in Johannesburg, 2010; the second Mombasa in 2012 ; the third, the fourth, fifth and the sixth in Entebbe 2015, Ezulwini 2017, and Addis Ababa in 2019. These seminars provided the FPs with knowledge on rights, commitments, and responsibilities of the OIE National Focal Points in the standard-setting process and compliance of their countries with the OIE international standards. They also provided the more in-depth understanding of key issues such as antimicrobial resistance (AMR) including the Global Action Plan developed by WHO with the support of the OIE and FAO, Tripartite activities, the OIE database on the use of antimicrobial agents as well as the OIE strategy on AMR.



Raise awareness on antiparasitic resistance, and quality of veterinary products including the challenge of falsified medicines, possibility on harmonization/convergence of regulatory systems for registration of veterinary products .

The 7th seminar was  held electronically (3 hours/day Webinars) on 23 and 24 February 2022 – to build on the feedback received from previous seminars and focus on different aspects of quality of veterinary medicines, considering the recommendations of the 2nd OIE Global Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance and Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Animals ‘Putting Standards into Practice’. (Marrakesh, Morocco 29-31 October 2018).

The objectives of the 7th cycle is to build up on the 6th Cycle to continue and advance some subjects including:

  1. To extend the scope of the 6th cycle: revisit the topic of OIE Registration of Diagnostic Kits to seek feedback from the Focal Points on their possible registration systems, or lack of any systems/procedures and their possible needs
  2. Continue to advance the quality of veterinary products project.
  • Substandard and falsified veterinary products -Give an update; seek feedback from the Focal Points on the proposed global information, alert system for substandard and falsified veterinary products, including the outcome of the pilot study (carried out October-December 2021) – (Q and A session to follow)
  • Pharmacovigilance (PHV)
    Take the PHV training to the next level, for translating theory into practice.
    Present the next version of the manual/document “How to set up a pharmacovigilance system for veterinary medicinal products” – with a brainstorming on the regional approach.


03. Regulatory harmonization/convergence: International Cooperation on Harmonisation of technical requirements for registration of veterinary medicinal products (VICH, VICH Outreach Forum, VOF). – Collaboration with UK – VMD-Africa and SADC, – industry-H4A- Global dossier format

04. Antiparasitic resistance – update on the OIE activities: Present the document: “Responsible and prudent use of anthelmintic chemicals to help controlling anthelmintic resistance in grazing livestock”, to present two survey summaries conducted in the region.

05. AMU session update on the OIE keys activities: dedicated standalone AMU training webinar can be organized later in 2022 and 2023
This webinar was supposed to focus on:
-AMU (use) data collection (field level data and aquaculture AMU).
Global Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Surveillance System (GLASS) advocated by WHO.

06. Actuality: such as: Pharmaceutical Inspections-operation Scheme (PICS) – ANSES, OIE CC
Opportunities to learn and share the information, strengthen the network within the Region by dedicated time with interactive sessions, forum discussions.

The 7th Cycle training was expected to:

  • Provide updates on the situation on prudent and responsible use, on antimicrobial resistance and on antiparasitic resistance.
  • Encourage Member countries to set up or improve their legislation, regulation, technical standards or guidelines to have a practical regulatory framework for the management of veterinary medicinal products from registration to post authorization surveillance; and strengthen the capacity of the veterinary service
  • Provide update and gather experiences from Focal Points and explore how various stakeholders could contribute to the fight against falsified, sub-standards and illegal veterinary medicinal products.


  • Provide feedback, inputs of feasibility on set up a functioning Veterinary Global Surveillance and Monitoring System for rapid alert regarding falsified and substandard veterinary medicinal products
  • Raise awareness of the OIE Procedure and technical standards for registration of diagnostic kits and obtain feedback on the Region’s needs
  • Strengthen the Network of Focal Points for Veterinary Products within the region and strengthen the collaboration between the Focal Points and the OIE, with other stakeholders, and National Competent Authorities.

The speakers :

  1. Dr. Laetitia Gahimbare-  World Health Organization (WHO)
  2. Dr. Tabitha Kimani – Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
  3. Dr. Eric de Ridder and Mr. Rondeep Bhui – HealthforAnimals (H4A)
  4. Dr. Gaolathe Thobokwe – Southern African Development Community (SADC) Livestock Coordinator
  5. Dr. Noel Joseph – UK Veterinary Medicinal Directorate (VMD)
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