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Levels of advancement

IV­3 International harmonisation

1.

National legislation, regulations and sanitary measures under

The authority and capability of the VS to

be active international harmonisation

in

the

of

regulations and sanitary measures and to ensure

that the

national

legislation

and

regulations under their mandate take account of relevant international standards, as appropriate.

the mandate of the VS do not take account of international standards. 2. The VS are aware of gaps, inconsistencies or nonconformities in national legislation, regulations and sanitary measures as compared to international standards, but do not have the capability or authority to rectify the problems. 3. The VS monitor the establishment of new and revised international standards, and periodically review national legislation, regulations and sanitary measures with the aim of harmonising them, as appropriate, with international standards, but do not actively comment on the draft standards of relevant intergovernmental organisations. 4. The VS are active in reviewing and commenting on the draft standards of relevant intergovernmental organisations. 5. The VS actively and regularly participate at the international level in the formulation, negotiation and adoption of international standards7, and use the standards to harmonise national legislation,

regulations and sanitary measures.

Results Strengths : While not always adjusting national regulations to international standards, veterinary staff is well aware of current international standards Weaknesses : Most regulations are driven by national needs and importer demands rather than by the commitment to comply with international standards Supporting documentation (documents or photos): Directorate of Veterinary Services Annual Report 2006 (p. 22) Detailed findings during visit: There is a clear understanding of the international sanitary standards for trade, and there is a recognised concern about the inability to export to big markets in accordance with the OIE standards. However, there are no efforts regarding the harmonisation of Namibian regulations with the same international standards. Liberalization of import regulations would further overburden limited VS staff responsible for regulatory enforcements.

7 A country could be active in international standard setting without actively pursuing national changes. The importance of this element is to promote national change.

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