An OIE reference centre can be designated as:
The network of Collaborating Centres and Reference Laboratories is at the core of the scientific expertise and excellence of the OIE. The permanent contribution of these institutions to the work of the OIE guarantees the scientific relevance of the standards, guidelines and recommendations developed by the Specialized Commissions and published by the organisation.
Two or more reference centres can constitute a network of reference centres of the OIE, following the guidelines for the management of these networks.
At global level, efforts are underway to take advantage of the OIE’s network of Collaborating Centres to provide specialised training support to OIE Member Countries as well as to develop new training mechanisms and platforms, including e-learning.