The IFHA is the Paris–based world body for thoroughbred racing. Its major functions include the quality control of International Race Planning and Grading (known as ‘black type’), the production of the LONGINES-sponsored Official World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, the setting of international standards relating to anti-doping and animal welfare, and the system of racing clearances for international competition.
In addition, the IFHA works towards harmonisation of the codes of racing rules around the world and on fostering the commercial development of the racing industry globally. The IFHA Executive Council is the highest level of governance in world racing.
The Executive Council meeting considered major policy issues, including proposals on the international harmonisation of anti-doping control, forensic testing laboratory certification, and the genetic integrity of thoroughbreds. The Council also reaffirmed its strong support for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), which with it is working hard on issues concerning the international movement of horses, including research into equine influenza.
The IFHA Executive Council consists of 13 members drawn from three regions – Europe, the Americas and Asia. It meets again in Paris in October 2014 in conjunction with the running of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.