The VICH Secretariat (HealthforAnimals)

HealthforAnimals fulfils the role of VICH Secretariat. This includes the preparation of documents for VICH Steering Committee and Outreach Forum meetings, publishing guidelines adopted by the Steering Committee and ensuring a smooth and continuous functioning of the VICH process. The Secretariat is the contact point for any questions regarding VICH.


The VICH has been established under the auspices of the OIE. OIE provides support to VICH and encourages its member countries to take into consideration the VICH results by providing ongoing information on the progress of VICH and consulting them on draft VICH guidelines.  OIE also circulates final VICH guidelines. 

The parties to VICH


The principle parties to VICH are regulatory and industry organisations from the 3 VICH regions. The 6 parties to VICH and members of the steering committee are:

  • European Union
    • European Commission and European Medicines Agency (EMA)
    • International Federation for Animal Health - Europe (AnimalhealthEurope) representing industry
  • USA
    • US Food & Drug Administration – Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and US Department of Agriculture – Center for Veterinary Biologics (USDA/CVB)
    • US Animal Health Institute (AHI) representing industry
  • Japan
    • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (JMAFF)
    • Japanese Veterinary Products Association (JVPA) representing industry


The following regulatory and industry organisations are observers to the VICH process:

  • Australia
    • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
    • The Animal Health Alliance (Australia) Ltd.

  • New Zealand
    • New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries
    • Agricultural Chemicals & Animal Remedies Manufacturers' Association of New Zealand (The Alliance/AGCARM) - representing industry

  • Canada
    • Health Canada (HC) - Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) - Veterinary Biologics Section (CCVB) (1)
    • Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) (1) representing industry
  • South Africa
    • Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), South Africa (1)
    • South African Animal Health Association (SAAHA) (1) representing industry

Associate Member

  • OIE: World Organisation for Animal Health


  • International Federation of Animal Health (HelathforAnimals), Brussels, Belgium

Summary of the composition of the steering committee (and number of seats)

Members of the steering committee

European Union  USA  Japan
European Commission (1)
EMA (1)
AnimalhealthEurope (2)
AHI (2)

JVPA (2)


Observers to the steering committee

Australia/New Zealand
 Canada  South Africa
The Alliance/AGCARM (1)
AnimalhealthEurope (2)
Health Canada (1)
CAHI (1)

DAFF (1)


Associate Member

OIE (1)

The Steering Committee

The VICH Steering Committee has the decision making role and is the driver of the harmonisation process. The Steering Committee is composed of two delegates of the regulatory authorities and two delegates of representative industry associations from the three regions. Australia/New Zealand, Canada and South Africa have observer status with one delegate representing government authorities and one delegate representing industry associations. OIE, the associate member, has one delegate (see also "Overview of VICH Structure"). 

New VICH guidelines topics are proposed by members of the Steering Committee.  If the new topic is approved by the Steering Committee then a topic leader within the Steering Committee is appointed which will usually be the original proposer of the topic, and normally the chair of the corresponding expert working group will come from the same country or region as the Steering Committee topic leader (see also "VICH Process").

Overview of VICH Structure


Overview of VICH structure