This site was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT program.
Copyright 2012 IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group
Commissioned by the IUCN Species Survival Commission to serve as a first response for wildlife health concerns across the world.
The IUCN SSC WHSG calls for timely movement of emergency diagnostic specimens for conservation purposes. The WHSG has been coordinating with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) on potential ways to overcome specimen import and export permitting delays that may hinder timely diagnosis and disease control measures in emergency disease events. A reference laboratory structure, as utilized by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), is proposed. The following resources are intended as a starting point to initiate discussions by CITES Delegates on appropriate solutions:
-Editorial in EcoHealth (published in August 2016): http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10393-016-1154-4
-Briefing document (prepared in April 2016): http://www.iucn-whsg.org/CITES_EmergencyDiagnosticSpecimens