The FAO Reference Center for Veterinary Public Health is an integral part of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, directed by Umberto Agrimi.
Paolo Pasquali has been appointed as Director of the center. He is supported by Renata Borroni as Deputy Director.
For the implementation of its activities the FAO Reference Center takes advantage, mainly but not exclusively, of the competence of experts from the Departments of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, Infectious, Parasitic & Immunomediated Diseases, Environment and Primary Prevention, and of the National Center for Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Promotion of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.
The activity of the FAO Reference Centre for Veterinary Public Health is mainly focused on the following topics:
FAO Reference Centres for animal health are institutions designated by the Director-General to provide specific, independent technical/scientific advice on issues related to FAO’s mandate.
The Reference Centres designated by FAO are centres of excellence in providing scientific and technical expertise, diagnostic services, laboratory and field training, in coordinating research and developmental studies, and in contributing to FAO projects.
FAO has identified 18 technical areas in the field of animal health for which collaboration with Reference Centres is currently required.
Laboratory biosafety and biocontainment
Drug and vaccine quality control
The FAO Reference Centre for Veterinary Public Health envisions contributing to build a sustainable system of natural resources use and exploitation.
The Centre is aiming to contribute in providing expertise in sustainable capacity building and training across different facets of veterinary public health (VPH). The Centre will focus especially, even not limited to, the Mediterranean and Balkan Region.
In particular the Centre will:
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