The OIE develops and publishes international health standards democratically adopted (one country – one voice) designed to prevent and control animal diseases, including zoonoses, and to ensure the sanitary safety of international trade in terrestrial and aquatic animals and their products. OIE standards are recognized by the World Trade Organization as reference international sanitary rules. These standards are published in two Codes and two Manuals.
The Terrestrial Code contributes to the improvement of terrestrial animal health and welfare and veterinary public health worldwide and to assure the sanitary safety of international trade in terrestrial animals (mammals, reptiles, birds and bees) and their products.
Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals IT provides a harmonized approach to disease diagnosis by describing internationally agreed laboratory diagnostic techniques for terrestrial animals
The purpose of the 7th Edition of the Aquatic Manual is to provide a uniform approach to the detection of the diseases listed in the OIE Aquatic Animal Health Code, so that the requirements for health certification in connection with trade in aquatic animals and aquatic animal products can be met. It includes bibliographical references and a list of the OIE Reference Laboratories for amphibian, crustacean, fish and mollusc diseases.