Subsequent to the suspension of the FMD free status on 11 May 2011, and the implementation of a containment zone approved by the OIE on 28 September 2011, the Delegate of Botswana submitted a dossier on 16 October 2013 to the Director General requesting the lifting of the containment zone and the full restoration of the "FMD free status where vaccination is not practised" for the zone designated by the Delegate of Botswana in documents addressed to the Director General in January and November 2009, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (Terrestrial Code).
The Scientific Commission, by electronic correspondence amongst its members, considered the report and the recommendations of the ad hoc Group on evaluation of FMD status of Member Countries which met from 21 to 24 October 2013. Based on the documentation submitted and in accordance with Resolution No. 30 of the 81st General Session “Procedures for Member Countries for the official recognition and maintenance of disease status of certain animal diseases or risk status of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and the endorsement of a national official control programme”, the Scientific Commission concluded that the containment zone fulfils the requirements of the Terrestrial Code to be lifted allowing a full recovery, with effect from 1 November 2013, of the status of the FMD free zone where vaccination is not practised as recognised by the OIE World Assembly of Delegates in terms of Resolution No. 15 in May 2010.
October 2013/ OIE.