Subsequent to the suspension of the FMD free zonal status on 25 February 2011, the Delegate of South Africa submitted a dossier in September 2013 and an addendum on 31 January 2014 to the Director General requesting the recovery of the status of an FMD free zone where vaccination is not practised in accordance with the relevant provisions of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (Terrestrial Code).
At its meeting held from 10 to 14 February 2014, the Scientific Commission considered the report of the ad hoc Group on evaluation of FMD status of Member Countries which met from 21 to 24 October 2013, the recommendations of the OIE expert mission conducted in November 2013 to the country and the additional information submitted in response to the mission report. Based on the available information 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 zone in South Africa, as described in the addendum and recognised by the OIE World Assembly of Delegates in terms of Resolution XX of May 2005, fulfils the requirements of the Terrestrial Code to regain its status of “ FMD free zone where vaccination is not practised” with effect from 14 February 2014.
Tuesday February 18, 2014/ OIE.