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OIE reference centre

The Swedish Centre for Animal Welfare (SCAW), together with the Italian counterpart, IZSAM, forms a joint OIE-reference Centre for Animal welfare. 

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OIE Reference Centre

At the General Assembly in Paris on 31 May 2019, the OIE, the World Organisation for Animal Health, aproved the application by Sweden and Italy for the establishment of a joint OIE-reference Centre for Animal Welfare.


This means that the Swedish Centre for Animal Welfare (SCAW) at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences together with the corresponding organisation in Italy, IZSAM, will have an important task of distributing knowledge about the importance of animal welfare in Europe and the world.


OIE helps its member States to develop animal welfare rules by providing training, counselling and research. OIE provides recommendations on how to include animal welfare in national legislation and how to implement existing standards.

Published: 04 February 2021 - Page editor: birgitta.staaf.larsson@slu.se
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