Press releases

  • IFAH reveals outcome of Global Benchmarking Survey on Animal Health Industry


    Calls for realistic risk assessment approach in order to achieve best regulatory practice Brussels, 20 November 2012 – The fourth successive five-yearly Benchmarking Survey commissioned by the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) highlights the need to work globally towards a benefit: risk assessment framework. The findings come at a time when governments around the world are weighing the direct and indirect costs of regulatory policies for veterinary medicines. Key findings in...

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  • IFAH white paper underlines the economic and social costs of animal diseases


    Call for integrated health surveillance and disease control measures Brussels/London, 5 October 2012 – Today the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) launched a white paper on the social and economic impacts of animal health diseases globally. The report concludes that animal diseases have economic impacts much beyond the direct costs caused by disease itself. In order to achieve progress in the control of animal diseases and in the reduction of these socio-economic impacts,...

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  • IFAH statement on World Rabies Day 2012


    Brussels, 28 September 2012 – World Rabies Day, an international campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), takes place each year on 28 September, the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur who, with the collaboration of his colleagues, developed the first efficacious rabies vaccine in the 1880s. On the occasion of World Rabies Day, Barbara Freischem, Executive Director of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) said: “The provision of effective...

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  • Codex Alimentarius Breaks Deadlock on Veterinary Medicines


    IFAH pleased to see Codex Alimentarius Commission move forward in adopting standard on veterinary medicines Rome, 7 July 2012 - At its 35th session, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) made significant progress regarding standards for residues of veterinary medicines. In a landmark decision, the CAC acknowledged that it could not reach consensus on maximum residue limits for ractopamine, and that - in accordance with its rules of procedure - a decision should be taken by voting. As a...

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  • IFAH renews call for collaboration and innovation to safeguard human and animal health


    World Zoonoses Day 2012 Brussels, 6 July 2012 – On the occasion of World Zoonoses Day 2012, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) renews its call for collaboration between human and animal health organisations to develop new technologies to prevent and control zoonotic diseases. IFAH Executive Director, Barbara Freischem said: “Animal health is inextricably linked to human health on a global scale. Zoonotic diseases pass naturally between people and animals. In fact, 61% of...

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  • IFAH joins FAO-led partnership measuring environmental impact of livestock


    Healthy Animals, Healthier World Brussels, 4 July 2012 – The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) joins national governments, NGOs and the private sector for a new collaborative partnership led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the environmental benchmarking of livestock supply chains. Barbara Freischem, Executive Director of the International Federation for Animal Health, said: “Livestock production is a significant contributor to the world’s agricultural output...

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  • IFAH welcomes the 1st VICH Outreach Forum


    1st meeting to discuss wider international harmonisation of registration requirements, exchange information and increase awareness of VICH Brussels, 26 June 2012 – IFAH welcomes the first VICH Outreach Forum which meets in Brussels today and brings together 8 countries: Argentina, Brazil, China, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, and Ukraine. Their questions, concerns and how they want to interact with VICH members will be heard and discussions will be held on how to facilitate global...

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  • IFAH statement on Rabies vaccination


    Brussels, 25 May 2012 - Statement on Rabies from Barbara Freischem, Executive director of the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH): “With the confirmation of at least one case of Rabies in the UK this week, we can clearly see the benefits of remaining vigilant of diseases that pass from animals to people. In the case of Rabies, vaccinating animals is the key way to protect both animals and people; vaccination has profoundly influenced and improved world health for both people and...

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  • World Veterinary Day 2012: IFAH renews call for responsible use of antimicrobials


    Brussels, 28 April 2012 – The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) renews its call for responsible use of antimicrobials on the occasion of World Veterinary Day 2012. Initiated by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in 2000, World Veterinary Day recognizes the vital work that veterinarians perform and, in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), rewards the most successful celebrations of the veterinary profession by national veterinary associations...

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  • A message from IFAH's President


    Brussels, 30 March, 2012 - Juan Ramón Alaix, President of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), addressed IFAH’s 22nd Ordinary General Assembly today with a message of encouragement for the animal health industry across the world. Listing many accomplishments in 2011 he re-enforced IFAH’s goal to promote a balanced regulatory environment relying on science-based decision making that supports innovation, in order to provide veterinarians and animal owners with new products to...

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