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on May 29, 2015

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) elects new Director General

Dr. Monique Eloit will take over the role in January and serve a five-year term of office

The national delegates representing the Member Countries of the OIE have elected the new Director General by secret vote in accordance with the rule “one country, one vote.”

Dr. Monique Eloit, the candidate for France and the Member States of the European Union, was elected for a five-year term of office (2016-2020).

After three consecutive terms of office as Director General of the OIE, Dr. Bernard Vallat will pass the baton to the current Deputy Director General on Jan. 1, 2016, who will then implement the Sixth Strategic Plan, which coincides with her term of office. Based at the OIE Headquarters in Paris, Dr. Eloit will shape the destiny of the organization and manage the teams working at the headquarters and existing 13 regional and Sub-Regional Offices.

During the last 15 years under his leadership, Vallat has helped to extend the organization’s mandate to include animal welfare, while consolidating its activities in the fields of animal health and animal production food safety. He has participated effectively in the management of global crisis (influenza, foot and mouth disease). He has also encouraged the OIE to involve itself in several new fields of activity aimed at improving and strengthening the governance of Veterinary Services, and to develop a number of innovative programs.

Major achievements and milestones include:

  • The substantial increase in the number of member countries, regional offices and global scientific reference centers, and in the OIE’s annual budget
  • The creation of the OIE World Animal Health and Welfare Fund (2004) and the establishment of numerous partnerships with the private sector
  • The development of closer operational links between the OIE and the Codex Alimentarius Commission
  • A catalog of scientific publications of excellence
  • The modernization of animal health information dissemination, with the creation of the World Animal Health Information System, WAHIS (2007)
  • The establishment of the “Performance of Veterinary Services” (2006)
  • The signing of a tripartite alliance with WHO and FAO to put into practice the “One Health” concept (2011)

Dr. Eloit will be the seventh Director General of the OIE.  A veterinary doctor and General Inspector of Veterinary Public Health (France), she was successively Director to the Director General of the French Food Safety Agency (Afssa), then Chief Veterinary Officer and Delegate of France to the OIE, before being appointed Deputy Director General of the OIE, in charge of administration, management, human resources and regional actions.

“During these past fifteen years, the OIE has considerably developed and diversified to adapt to new global health issues and changes in the Veterinary Services. The OIE’s legitimacy has been strengthened on the international stage. Its standards are the reference in the field of animal disease prevention and control and for animal welfare, and are recognized as such by the World Trade Organization (WTO),” said Dr. Eloit after her election.

"I shall endeavor to enhance the visibility and the performance of the OIE, on the one hand by strengthening the control of animal diseases, including zoonoses, with the involvement of the delegates, and on the other hand by developing new partnerships and collaborations in the field of public health and food safety. 
I shall accord a higher level of priority to the health status of farmed animals, both to protect health and to support the socio-economic development of the animal production sector.”

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