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Certification for regional and international trade in livestock commodities: the need to balance credibility and enterprise
  1. G. R. Thomson, BVSc, MSc, PhD, MRCVS1,
  2. B. D. Perry, OBE, BVM&S, DTVM, MSc, DVM&S, FRCVS2,
  3. A. Catley, BVetMed, MSc, PhD, MRCVS3,
  4. T. J. Leyland, BVetMed, MSc, MRCVS4,
  5. M-L. Penrith, BSc, PhD, DSc, BVSc2 and
  6. A. I. Donaldson, OBE, MA, MVB, PhD, ScD, DVM&S, HonFRCVS5
  1. 1 TAD Scientific CC, PO Box 1607, Brooklyn Square, Pretoria 0075, South Africa
  2. 2 International Livestock Research Institute, PO Box 30709, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
  3. 3 Feinstein International Famine Center, School of Nutrition Science and Policy, 126 Curtis Street, Somerville, MA 02144, USA
  4. 4 Vetwork UK, 35D Beach Lane, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6JX
  5. 5 Bio-Vet Solutions, 290 London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7LB


The current system for the certification of internationally traded animal commodities can act as a barrier to developing countries accessing high-value international markets. In this Viewpoint article, Gavin Thomson and colleagues discuss the situation as it stands and identify inconsistencies with respect to the certification process. They suggest ways to address the lack of capacity for credible certification in some developing countries that will encourage market access for livestock commodities. They emphasise the role of mechanisms other than demonstrating that an area of production is free from a range of animal diseases, arguing that this could be of significant benefit to developing regions and countries, but that a reliable and independent system of certification based on international standards is essential.

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