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Levels of advancement

IV­4 International certification8

1.

The VS have neither the authority nor the capability to

The authority and capability of the VS to certify animals, animal products, services and processes under their mandate, in accordance with the national legislation and regulations, and international standards.

certify animals, animal products, services or processes.

2.

The VS have the authority to certify certain animals,

animal products, services and processes, but are not always in compliance with the national legislation and regulations and international standards. 3. The VS develop and carry out certification programmes for certain animals, animal products, services and processes under their mandate in compliance with international standards. 4. The VS develop and carry out all relevant certification programmes for any animals, animal products, services and processes under their mandate in compliance with international

standards. 5. The

VS

programmes, in

carry out audits of their certification order to maintain national and international

confidence in their system.

Results Strengths : Certification for animal movement south of the VCF and the export certifications are well carried out Weaknesses : No control or certification by VS of inspections at local and municipal abattoirs Animal movement in the zone north of the VCF are not as strictly enforced Supporting documentation (documents or photos): Application for Veterinary Import Permit for Animals/ Animal Products into Namibia (Act 13, 1956) Application for Veterinary Import Permit for Importation of Cattle, Sheep and Goats into Namibia (Act 13, 1956) Movement of Animals/ Products and infectious things through veterinary cordon gates To all Veterinary Staff Members and the General Public Detailed findings during visit: Visits to State Veterinary Office and auction yard allowed for a detailed observation of the application, completion and enforcement of veterinary certification. Examination and enforcement of international certificates was also observed when visiting border post.

Priorities/Recommendations

8

Certification procedures should be based on relevant OIE and Codex Alimentarius standards.

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