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The FSVO is the Swiss federal centre of excellence for the fields of food safety, nutrition, animal health, animal welfare and species conservation in international trade.

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IWC meeting

Springender Wal

IWC meeting (24 to 28.10.2016)

No new whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic: this was decided by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) at its current meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia. The decision was clear, at 38 votes to 24. Switzerland is among the defeated supporters.

CITES conference


CITES: the new chairman of the Animals Committee is Swiss

Mathias Lörtscher will chair the Animals Committee of CITES over the next three years. The multilateral accord protects animals and plants against commercial overexploitation. The 54-year-old Lörtscher is Head of Species Protection and Third-Country Imports at the FSVO.


Travelling with pets

Travelling with pets

Anyone planning to travel with pets should complete the formalities well in advance. The travel regulations for pets are not the same as those governing the commercial import and export of animals.

Flugzeug über Frachthafen


To prevent animal diseases being brought into the country, various conditions have to be satisfied when importing animals, animal products and foodstuffs. These depend on the country of origin. Trade in wild animals and protected plants is regulated by permits.

Research mandate


The FSVO has its own small programme of applied research and supports projects at other institutions (primarily universities). This enables the Office to acquire the scientific basis that it requires to fulfil its mandate.

Press releases


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