July 2019 OIE Focal Points for veterinary products meeting in Ethiopia look into autogenous vaccines as part of the alternatives to antimicrobials.  

The October 2018 OIE Global Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (Marrakesh, Morocco) recommended (8) that OIE develop standards or guidelines related to autogenous vaccines and other alternatives to antimicrobials including guidance for quality, safety and efficacy as tools to reduce the need to use antimicrobials. This was the first opportunity to gauge the experiences and level of interest of member country Focal Points on the subject.

Addis Ababa, 11 July 2019. The OIE has just completed the sixth in a series of training courses for OIE focal points for veterinary medicinal products. The seminar was held in part in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, as well as in the town of Debre-Zeit, seat of the National Veterinary Institute (NVI) and the African Union Pan-African Veterinary Vaccines Centre (AU-PANVAC), and was attended by national OIE Delegates and OIE Focal Points for veterinary medicinal products from 22 countries from English-speaking Africa, including Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, eSwatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the host country : Ethiopia.

Besides OIE regional (Gaborone, Nairobi) and head office staff (AMR and Veterinary Products Department, Paris) contributions were made by four OIE Reference Centres on veterinary products (ANSES France, AU-PANVAC Ethiopia, NVAL Japan and FDA United States), as well as invited regional and international experts from Ethiopia (Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Africa-CDC), from Mauritius (on behalf of the World Customs Organisation, WCO) and the UK (Veterinary Medicines Directorate, VMD).

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The two “One Health” tripartite partners of the OIE were represented by WHO Geneva (by videolink), as well as FAO Addis Ababa and Harare. The opening ceremony was held at the Getfam Hotel, and was officiated by the Hon. State Minister for Veterinary Services, H.E. Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes, who delivered an opening address, alongside Drs. Patrick Bastiaensen and Elisabeth Erlacher-Vindel (OIE) and Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen Anbessie, OIE Delegate of Ethiopia and Director of the Disease Prevention and Control Directorate.

Most of the first day of the seminar was directed to newly appointed Focal Points, providing a rapid overview on the OIE and its activities related to veterinary products covered in previous training sessions and during the last OIE Global Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco (2018). This enabled newly appointed Focal Points to be adequately informed on the OIE and the main standards, guidelines, VICH and issues pertaining to veterinary products, including vaccines for aquatic animals.

The subsequent sessions covered :
Recommendations of the 2nd OIE Global Conference on AMR (2018), with a particular focus on autogenous vaccines, as an alternative to antibiotics;
Access to quality veterinary products and the work of the International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VICH);
Pharmacovigilance ;
Falsified - substandard veterinary products ;
Antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use ;

The training course was funded by the OIE World Animal Health and Welfare Fund, through grants from the United Kingdom (Fleming Fund, UK-AID), with the logistical support of AU-PANVAC and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The following training seminar is the one for French-speaking African countries, to be held in Lomé, Togo, from October 8 - 10, 2019.

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Veterinary Medicinal Products
Country presentations on recent activities carried out by Focal Points : Solomon K. Kotu, OIE FP Ethiopia
Country presentations on recent activities carried out by Focal Points : Ndey Oumie Sahor, OIE FP Gambia
Update on the OIE standards and guidelines relevant to veterinary medicinal products : Mária Szabó, OIE AMR&VPD
Aquatic animal vaccines : Nao Nakajima, OIE Collaborating Centre, NVAL

Recommendations of the OIE Global Conference on AMR
Brief introduction and presentation of the recommendations : Elisabeth Erlacher-Vindel, OIE AMR&VPD
Recommendation nr. 8 of the OIE Global Conference on AMR concerning autogenous vaccines : Jane Lwoyero, OIE SRR/EA
AU-PANVAC’s views and experience on autogenous vaccines : Charles Bodjo, AU-PANVAC
Examples of existing guidance on autogenous vaccines : Jean-Pierre Orand, OIE Collaborating Centre, ANSES

Access to quality veterinary products
Update on VICH, focus on VOF including the update from the VICH 6th Public Conference : Bettye Walters, OIE Collaborating Centre, FDA
Update on VICH, focus on VOF including the update from the VICH 6th Public Conference : Olafur Valsson, OIE SRR/SA
Applying VICH Quality Guidelines : Rick Clayton, Technical Director, HealthforAnimals
VICH Outreach Forum (VOF) Member Country’s experience, benefit of being as member of VOF : Dooshima Kwange, OIE FP Nigeria
Regulatory Authority perspective on harmonisation : Jeanne Muhindo, OIE FP Uganda
Industry perspective on convergence/harmonisation : Eric de Ridder, Elanco Animal Health, HealthforAnimals

Outcomes of the online questionnaire on the quality of veterinary products and pharmacovigilance : Patrick Bastiaensen, OIE SRR/EA

Introduction to pharmacovigilance : Linda Grimm, OIE Collaborating Centre, FDA
Pharmacovigilance : presentation by the national competent authority : Solomon Kebede Kotu, Director, Ethiopian Veterinary Drug and Feed Administration and Control Authority
Advantages of use of the existing pharmacovigilance VICH guidelines in a smart way and introducing the Manual for a basic pharmacovigilance system : Ronnie Bhui, Elanco Animal Health, HealthforAnimals
Member Country experience: how could a simple functioning pharmacovigilance system be set up? Zivanai Makoni, OIE FP Zimbabwe

Falsified - substandard veterinary products
How to ensure the quality of veterinary medicinal products? Jean-Pierre Orand, OIE Collaborating Centre, ANSES
Global Surveillance and Monitoring System for rapid alert, regarding falsified and substandard veterinary medicinal products : Diana Aram Lee, World Health Organization, WHO
Global Surveillance and Monitoring System for rapid alert, regarding falsified and substandard veterinary medicinal products : Elisabeth Erlacher-Vindel, OIE AMR&VPD
WCO and OIE collaboration. Future collaboration with Focal Points in order to fight falsified veterinary products : Persand Ootam, World Customs Organization, WCO
WCO Report on Operation Mirage (September 2018)

Antimicrobial Resistance
Africa common position on AMR : Jay Varma, Africa CDC, AU
Antimicrobial resistance : current and future OIE activities - Results of the OIE collection of quantitative data on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals : Elisabeth Erlacher-Vindel, OIE AMR&VPD
FAO Regional activities on AMR : Tenaw Tadege, Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO Ethiopia
Antiparasitic resistance : update on the planned activities : Mária Szabó, OIE AMR&VPD
Future training opportunities in Ethiopia: project led by the UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) : Joseph Noel, International Desk, VMD (UK)

Achievements and future perspectives: Elisabeth Erlacher-Vindel, OIE AMR&VPD

Working group exercise 1                    Working group exercise 2

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