Capacity Building

Safer Trade


The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) has developped international standards to prevent the spread of animal diseases via international trade, and unjustified sanitary barriers to trade. Understanding and compliance with international regulatory frameworks for trade are essential development pathways for countries participating in international trade.  

Veterinary Services are contributing to a safe and conducive environment for trade operations. Their role in the international trade of animals and animal products is complex and requires a wide range of legal, institutional, technical, collaborative policy level competencies. Trust and confidence between the Veterinary Services of and trading partners are key and must be developed and maintained throughout the entire trade process based on three pillars:


  1. Transparency
  2. Good governance
  3. Quality of Veterinary Services


WOAH strengthens Veterinary Services through a series of capacity building activities.