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Global Animal Health Conference: Developing Global Animal Health Products to Support Food Security and Sustainability

Oct 17 2013 8:30AM - Oct 18 2013 3:30PM | Sheraton Crystal City 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA 22202-3515

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Please Note: Unfortunately, the government shutdown has had an impact on this event, and DIA had to make some unavoidable changes to the program which can be viewed on this page. DIA is considering alternate opportunities to provide this content to all attendees at a later time once the situation has been resolved. Nonetheless, this is a strong program that brings together key opinion leaders in this industry to discuss methods for maximizing the development and use of animal health products to support food security and sustainability. The program continues to provide networking opportunities, and quality content to help keep you current on industry trends.

Veterinary medicinal products play a key role in promoting animal health.  This 3rd Conference on Global Animal Health provides a platform to discuss methods of maximizing the development and use of animal health products to support food security and sustainability.  Presentations from academia, industry, nonprofit and international organizations as well as Government Officials will reflect the global challenges of animal health product development and share opportunities for global regulatory convergence to ensure access safe and effective medicines.

Co-sponsored by International Federation for Animal Health


Organizations Represented by our Distinguished Faculty:

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA); Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Center for Science in the Public Interest; China Animal Husbandry Group, Beijing; Comité de las Américas de Medicamentos Veterinarios (CAMEVET); European Medicines Agency (EMA) EU; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); GALVmed, UK; International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya; John Hopkins University; School of Advanced International Studies; Merial, a Sanofi Company; Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre, Euthopia; Phibro Animal Health, USA; United States Agency for International Development (USAID); United States Department of Agriculture; United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA); World Bank; World Organization for Animal Health; Zoetis, United States


Featured Topics 

  • Harmonizing regulatory requirements to reduce cost and development times
  • Promoting adoption of appropriate, harmonized requirements by emerging markets – globalized standards
  • Ensuring quality products are available at the point of need
  • Global regulatory convergence
    • International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VICH) Outreach Forum
    • World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Medicines Focal Points and Proficiency of Veterinary Services (PVS) Scheme
    • How to move towards simultaneous global product distribution through coordinated national or regional assessment
  • Presentations from developing markets to understand their status, needs and challenges
    • Regulatory requirements
    • Securing the supply chain for authorized medicines
  • Challenges for consumers acceptance of animal health products

Who Should Attend 

This conference is designed for key regulators and non-regulators who have influence on decision making in other regions, as well as individuals working in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, regulatory and governmental agencies worldwide and those interested in gaining a better understanding of animal health products for the continuation of global health security and sustainability.

Learning Objectives 

At the conclusion of this meeting, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the current environment for a global approach to product development, authorization and availability to end users
  • Explain how key players can better interact to promote animal health food security and sustainability at a global level
  • Discuss how stakeholders in developed and less developed markets can work together to promote standards, for global product development

Special Offers 

Group Discounts Available! Register 3 and Get the 4th FREE!

Hotel & Travel 

Sheraton Crystal City

A limited number of rooms are available at the reduced rate shown below (DIA rate is guaranteed until October 3, 2013, or until room block is filled). Attendees can follow this link to make their hotel reservations, or by calling +1.212.532.1660 or in the USA at 1.800.221.3531. If making your hotel reservation by phone, please select option 1 for “Hotel Reservations,” inform the phone agent that it is a DIA event, and provide them with the date and title of the meeting. Please Note:  In order to receive the reduced room rate, hotel reservations must be made as noted above and not directly with the hotel.

Standard Room Rate $199

Hotel Address: 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

The most convenient airport is Ronald Reagan National Airport. Attendees should make both airline and hotel reservations as early as possible.

Contact Information 

Printable Registration Form

Registration Questions
Toll Free 1.888.257.6457
Phone +1.215.442.6100
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Monday-Friday 8:30AM-8:00 ET

Agenda Details
Joanne Wallace, Content Lead
Phone +1.215.442.6180
Fax +1.215.442.6199

Event Logistics
Benjamin Zaitz, Event Planner
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Tabletop Information
Jeff Korn, Exhibits Associate
Phone +1.215.442.6184
Fax +1.215.442.6199

Continuing Education 

Drug Information Association has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.

As an IACET Authorized Provider, Drug Information Association offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Drug Information Association is authorized by IACET to offer 1.3 CEUs for this program. Participants must attend the entire program in order to be able to receive an IACET statement of credit. No partial credit will be awarded.


This program is part of DIA’s Certificate Program and is awarded the following:
• Regulatory Affairs Certificate Program: 7 Elective Units

For more information go to www.diahome.org/certificateprograms

Name Credit Type Max Credits CEU
Global Animal Health Conference IACET 12.75 1.300

Disclosure Policy:

It is DIA policy that anyone in a position to control the content of a continuing education activity must disclose to the program audience (1) any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation and/or the educational activity, and (2) discussions of unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or medical devices. Disclosure statements will be included in the course materials.

Statement of Credit:

If you would like to receive a statement of credit, you must attend the program and tutorial(s), if applicable, sign-in at the DIA registration desk each day of the program, and complete the on-line credit request process through DIA’s My Transcript. To access My Transcript, please go to www.diahome.org, select “Login to My DIA” and you will be prompted for your user ID and password. Select “My Transcript” (left side bar) and “Credit Request” to process your credit request. Participants will be able to download a statement of credit upon successful submission of the credit request. My Transcript will be available for credit requests on Friday, November 1, 2013.

To view DIA’s grievance policy, please visit the CE page on the DIA website at www.diahome.org/CE

Program Committee 

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Day 1 Friday, October 18, 2013

  • 7:30AM - 8:30AM

    Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30AM - 9:00AM

    Keynote Address - Day Two


    • Trade Impact of Regulations to Support Food Security and Sustainability
      Robert L. Thompson, PhD
      Visiting Scholar
      John Hopkins University , United States
  • 9:00AM - 9:15AM

    Session 4: Introduction to the Breakout Sessions

    Session Chair(s):

    • David Mackay, DVM
      Head of Veterinary Medicines Division
      European Medicines Agency, United Kingdom

    This short session will provide an introduction to the break-out sessions, where participant are invited to discuss issues around the key topics of Global Regulatory Convergence, Technical Regulatory Challenges and a Strategic Discussion Group that will address matters such as training needs. Expected outcomes as well as the process for the session will be explained.

  • 9:15AM - 10:45AM

    Breakout Session 5A: Global Regulatory Convergence

    Session Chair(s):

    • David Mackay, DVM
      Head of Veterinary Medicines Division
      European Medicines Agency, United Kingdom

    1. To give participants an understanding of the range of activities currently underway in the area of regulatory convergence
    2. To seek views on the benefits and potential risks, if any, of closer convergence on the availability of animal health products relevant for food sustainability and security at a global level
    3. If it is considered to be of benefit, to propose practical ways by which convergence can be promoted
    4. To prepare recommendations to the various parties who are involved in, or might have a role in fostering, regulatory convergence


    • Rapporteur
      Anja E.H. Holm
      Senior Scientific Officer, Department of Veterinary Medicinal Products
      Danish Medicines Agency, Denmark
  • 9:15AM - 10:45AM

    Breakout Session 5B: Technical Regulatory Challenges (Standards, Quality Control)

    Session Chair(s):

    • Felipe Dolz, DVM,PhD
      Head of Regulatory Affairs
      Merial, a Sanofi Company, United States

    At the global level, there are a multitude of issues associated with product standards, testing, and quality assurance/quality control related to the regulation and global distribution of veterinary pharmaceuticals and biologics. This breakout session will use recent examples of issues faced with the development, testing and distribution of products that have the potential to contribute to food security and sustainability. Using a set of focused questions participants will discuss issues such as:
    1) the challenges of developing efficacious products for new and emerging diseases where basic research has not yet fully defined the pathogenesis of the agent;
    2) Needs to achieve effective quality control of products in the market, using an example relating to international standards and quality control


    • Rapporteur
      Samata Veluvolu
      Manager, Regulatory Affairs
      Animal Health Institute, United States
  • 9:15AM - 10:45AM

    Breakout Session 5C: Strategy Discussion Group (Training Needs)

    Session Chair(s):

    • Michael McGowan, PhD
      IFAH | Acting Executive Director
      Zoetis | Director, Global Policy, United States

    One of the key elements of establishing a competent regulatory system for the national regulation of animal drugs is providing training to government regulators on how to establish and implement the various aspects of an appropriate animal drug regulatory system. Such a system ensures both animal and public health protection, minimizes economic fraud and ensures food security for the nation. The Strategic Training breakout session will provide a forum for discussion of the elements of the training necessary to establish and implement a competent regulatory system, explore challenges for countries at various levels of regulatory system development, and develop systems for delivering this critical training to the appropriate government regulators.


    • Rapporteur
      Patrick K. Krieger
      Manager, Regulatory Affairs; Veterinary Biologics Section
      Animal Health Institute (AHI), United States
  • 10:45AM - 11:00AM

    Morning Break
  • 11:00AM - 12:30PM

    Session 6: Feedback from the Breakout Sessions

    Session Chair(s):

    • David Mackay, DVM
      Head of Veterinary Medicines Division
      European Medicines Agency, United Kingdom
    • Michael McGowan, PhD
      IFAH | Acting Executive Director
      Zoetis | Director, Global Policy, United States
    • Felipe Dolz, DVM,PhD
      Head of Regulatory Affairs
      Merial, a Sanofi Company, United States

    Feedback from Breakout Sessions by the three Breakout session chairs and the Rappateurs from each breakout.

  • 12:30PM - 1:30PM

  • 1:30PM - 3:00PM

    Session 7: Where Do We Go from Here?

    Session Chair(s):

    • David Mackay, DVM
      Head of Veterinary Medicines Division
      European Medicines Agency, United Kingdom

    In this session, through a panel discussion and audience participation, the conference participants will highlight the findings of previous sessions and put forward recommendations for next steps in meeting the objectives of the conference.


    • Panelist
      Michael McGowan, PhD
      IFAH | Acting Executive Director
      Zoetis | Director, Global Policy, United States
    • Panelist
      David Mackay, DVM
      Head of Veterinary Medicines Division
      European Medicines Agency, United Kingdom
    • Panelist
      Elisabeth Erlacher-Vindel
      Acting Deputy Head of Scientific and Technical Department
      World Organisation For Animal Health (OIC), France
    • Panelist
      Samuel Thevasagayam, PhD,MBA
      Interim Deputy Director - Livestock/Senior Program Officer - Animal Health
      Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States
  • 3:00PM - 3:30PM

    Meeting Wrap-up and Closing


    • Michael McGowan, PhD
      IFAH | Acting Executive Director
      Zoetis | Director, Global Policy, United States


The Global Animal Health Conference offers interested companies the opportunity to exhibit with a tabletop display.

Tabletop Fee: $1,500

Fee Includes:

  • One six-foot skirted table
  • One chair
  • Standard electricity

Each tabletop rental requires at least one registered attendee to staff the table. All tabletop staff must be registered conference attendees.

Tabletop Exhibit Dates:
October 17-18, 2013

Useful Links:

  • MakroCare
  • World Courier

Registration Fees 


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Group Discounts

Register three individuals from the same company and receive complimentary registration for a fourth! All four individuals must register and prepay at the same time – no exceptions. DIA will apply the value of the lowest applicable fee to this complimentary registration; it does NOT include fees for optional events or DIA membership. You may substitute group participants of the same membership status at any time; however, administrative fees may be incurred.

Group registration is not available online and does not apply to the already-discounted fees for government or charitable nonprofit/academia. To take advantage of this offer, please print a registration form for EACH of the four registrants from your company. Include the names of all four group registrants on each of the forms and return them together to DIA.

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