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Aquatic animal health professional certification schemes: Some options for the Asian fish health community

Egrie, P.G., Jones, B., Merrill, P. and Rolland, J.B. (2005) Aquatic animal health professional certification schemes: Some options for the Asian fish health community. In: 6th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture, 25 - 28 October 2005, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Many governments are under increasing pressure from international trading partners to provide better information on the health status of exported aquatic animal commodities, particularly live animals. A central factor in this situation involves the training and certification of various links in the Competent Authority chain-of-command, including aquatic health service providers, aquatic pathogen detection laboratories, aquatic species pathologists, veterinarians and personnel who facilitate the endorsement of aquatic animal certificates of inspection. Standardized methods to ensure the competence of those people charged with providing and interpreting information on the health status of aquatic animals and/or their products for export is imperative to maintain the confidence of international trading partners. A thorough and logical certification protocol for aquatic animal health personnel would lend additional credibility and assuredness/peace of mind to the importer/consumer in the quality of the product and the production of health certificates of instantly recognizable meaning. Existing professional certification programs for aquatic animal health providers will be reviewed. These programs could provide guidance as a Professional Standards establishing mechanism for veterinarians and non-veterinary personnel in Asia who currently provide aquatic animal health services. This paper proposes a professional standards mechanism, developed through NACA and the Asian Fisheries Society-Fish Health Section (AFS-FHS), to promote and authorize a certification protocol for aquatic animal health providers in Asia as highly useful in improving this situation.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Conference Website: http://www.fhs-afs.net/daa_vi_files/05.pdf
UNSD Goals: Goal 14: Conserve Marine Resources
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/42779
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