The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) develops health standards for international trade in animals and animal products.
World Trade Organisation (WTO) members applying the OIE standards are expected to meet their obligations under the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement).
Protect the health of animals;
Ensure a safe and fair trade in animals and animal products worldwide;
Promote and coordinate animal health standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations;
Set guidelines for animal welfare (this mandate does not fall under the SPS agreement).
EU and OIE
All the Member States of the European Union are members of the OIE. In 2004, EU became a formal observer sharing competence with its Member States on the basis of the level of harmonisation of the relevant legislation. Details of this agreement are included in the following documents: 2004/C 215/03, 2004/C 215/04
In addition the OIE in conjunction with the FAO is responsible for the Global Framework for the progressive control of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADS).