A WOAH reference centre can be designated as:
The network of Collaborating Centres and Reference Laboratories is at the core of our scientific expertise and excellence. The permanent contribution of these institutions to the work of the World Organisation for Animal Health guarantees the scientific relevance of the standards, guidelines and recommendations developed by the Specialized Commissions and published by the organisation.
Two or more reference centres can constitute a network of reference centres of the World Organisation for Animal Health, following the guidelines for the management of these networks.
At global level, efforts are underway to take advantage of our network of Collaborating Centres to provide specialised training support to our Member Countries as well as to develop new training mechanisms and platforms, including e-learning.