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Levels of advancement

II­3

Risk analysis

1.

Risk management decisions are not usually supported

The authority and capability of the VS to base its risk management decisions on a scientific assessment

by scientific risk assessment.

2.

The VS compile and maintain data but do not have the

capability

to

systematically

assess

risks.

Some

risk

of the risks.

management decisions are based on scientific risk assessment. 3. The VS can systematically compile and maintain relevant data and carry out risk assessment. Scientific principles and evidence, including risk assessment, generally provide the basis for risk management decisions. 4. The VS systematically conduct risk assessments in compliance with relevant OIE standards, and base their risk management decisions on the outcomes of these risk assessments. 5. The VS are consistent in basing sanitary decisions on risk analysis, and in communicating their procedures and outcomes internationally, meeting all their OIE obligations (including WTO SPS Agreement obligations where applicable).

Results Strengths : Well trained personnel (3 trained risk assessors in the Epidemiology Division) Good data collection and data bases Competency demonstrated by one risk assessment on FMD in the Caprivi Region Weaknesses : Risk Assessment trained personnel devote their time to other essential functions. Not enough personnel to devote time to risk analysis Supporting documentation (documents or photos): An Example of an Abattoir´s Validation in Namibia June 2008 An Example of Validation in the North Region of Namibia June 2008 Vet Services Office: Directorate of Veterinary Services Annual Report 2005 Directorate of Veterinary Services Annual Report 2006 DVS National Summary Report June 2008 Risk Analysis Caprivi region of Namibia Final2 SVS Quarterly Report JanMar 2008 Detailed findings during visit: The Epidemiology section has competent staff, capable of compiling and maintaining data as well as conducting risk assessments. However, due to limited number of staff these risk analyses are not conducted regularly, but the sample provided, demonstrated the capabilities of the section.

Priorities/Recommendations Short Term :

Medium / Long Term : Increase staffing and resources, as a result of the ongoing review of the DVS.

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