National Institute of Animal Health, NARO

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National Institute of Animal Health (NIAH) is the leading institute on animal health in Asia

I have been the Director General of the National Institute of Animal Health (NIAH) since this April. I do really feel heavy responsibility on this position. However I trust that I could overcome this situation with the support from my friends and NIAH staff.

The NIAH is the only research organization on the field of animal health in Japan. Although our organization, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), was reorganized with the integration of 3 national research institutes, the name in English as well as the system of NIAH was not changed.

The NIAH has been designated as a national reference laboratory to diagnose and to prevent the outbreak or spread of domestic animal infectious diseases based on the Act of Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control. In 2010, NIAH together with the National Veterinary Assay Laboratory (NVAL) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has also been designated as collaborating center of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on "Diagnosis and Control of Animal Diseases and Veterinary Product Assessment in Asia". Then in May 2015, NIAH has been chosen by OIE and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a holding facility of rinderpest virus containing material, in recognition of its advanced quarantine management system and achievements in vaccine development against rinderpest, cattle plague, making Japan as one of the 4 countries in the world and the only Asian country with approved holding facilities. From January 2016, NIAH has been designated by OIE to provide technical support to the Mongolia Central Veterinary Institute in the fight against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and other transboundary animal diseases (TADs) for Mongolia, once again showing the growing recognition of NIAH in the international community. In addition, NIAH has also been designated as reference laboratory of 5 important animal diseases to make significant contributions in maintenance and safety of animal health. Furthermore, NIAH as the national reference laboratory, will cooperate with the Animal Health Division of the MAFF Food Safety Consumer Affairs Bureau in the OIE evaluation of the Performance of Veterinary Service (PVS), a global program for sustainable improvement of a country's compliance with OIE standards.

We will continue to contribute in preventing animal diseases not only in Japan but throughout the world to provide mankind with a safe and healthy livestock resources.

Kenichi SAKAMOTO
Director-General
National Institute of Animal Health, NARO

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