National Veterinary Institute, SVA, is a Swedish government agency that aims to promote animal health by preventing, diagnosing and controlling infectious diseases in animals. SVA is an expert organisation with research and development as core activities and that is specialised in virology, bacteriology, parasitology, chemistry, food safety, vaccinology and pathology.
The OIE, or the World Organisation for Animal Health, is an international intergovernmental organisation with the main objective to help its 172 member countries protect and harmonize animal health and welfare at the worldwide level. To achieve this, expertise and assistance is provided to the member countries by the network of 40 Collaborating Centres and 255 Reference Laboratories across the world. Since 2005, SVA has the status as OIE Collaborating Centre. During 2008 the OIE Biological Standard Commission accepted a request to extend our mandate as an OIE Collaborating Centre to include the Swedish University of Veterinary Science (SLU) as a partner.
As a collaborating centre of the OIE we have as our mandate:
- to operate as a centre of research, expertise, standardisation and dissemination of techniques within the specified area
- to propose or develop any procedure which will facilitate harmonisation of international regulations applicable to the surveillance and control of animal diseases
- to place expert consultants at the disposal of the OIE and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
In addition we may:
- provide scientific and technical training to personnel from Member Countries of the OIE within the specified area
- organise scientific meetings on behalf of the OIE
- coordinate scientific and technical studies in collaboration with other laboratories or organisations publish and disseminate any information in our sphere of competence which may be useful to Member Countries of the OIE