FAO Reference Centres are institutions designated by the Director-General of FAO and are regarded as centres of excellence in providing technical expertise, diagnostic services, laboratory and field training, in coordinating research and developmental studies, and in contributing to FAO projects.
Designation Letter of FAO (2012)
After evaluation of the activities since 2012 and the achievements gained by 2016 the FAO renewed the designation now being valid until 27 September 2020.
However, the mandate of the FAO Reference Centre for Veterinary Public Health includes the following functions:
An excellent description of the FAO Corporate policy for FAO Refence Centres , the technical areas covered and the process for designation of FAO Reference Centres is given in EMPRES Transboundary Animal Disease Bulletin No. 40 – 2012, p. 28 - 30.