CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION EN SANIDAD ANIMAL
Ctra Algete el Casar s/n. CP: 28130,
Valdeolmos, Madrid, SPAIN
Tlf; +34916202300, Fax; +34916202247
The Center for Animal Health Research (CISA),belongs to the National Center for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) inside the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) under the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Located in Valdeolmos, 40 km northeast of Madrid, it was created in 1993 for expanding and intensifying the actions of the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food in the field of Animal Health.
The center's objectives are set out in the Order No. 3342 of the CISA creating (BOE 34 of 02/09/1993) which specify: "The CISA will develop research, technological development and advance in knowledgement, training and scientific-technical cooperation with special emphasis on exotic - emerging and transboundary- animal diseases of economical impact, and obligatory report, affecting livestock, with high risk of introduction or spread in Spain and EU".
The center includes a High containment area which covering 10,824 m2. It omprises 26 laboratories and 14 common use rooms and restricted areas for foot and mouth disease, coronavirus SARS-Cov2, and Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, in Biosafety level 3 (BSL-3). In addition, 2 laboratories of Biosafety level 3 plus (BSL-3+ WHO), fully equipped to work and store high risk exotic viruses that could affect humans. The BSL3 animal facilities are composed of 19 individual, multispecies and polyvalent rooms with the capability to shelter fish, small and large animals such as cattle and horses. 7 out of 19 rooms are BSL·+ WHO , for in vivo experimental studies with pathpogens such as foot and mouth disease virus, SARS-Cov2, and other coronavirus as well as for bunyaviruses and flaviviruses or any other zoonotic agent. 10 laboratories and rooms at the BSL-2 area is involved in epidemiology research as well as on animal and environmental heath , The scientific staff is over 90 graduate and post-graduate researchers, and technical support staff, experienced in research on emerging and transboundary diseases. CISA is recognized as a Singular Scientific Technical Facility (ICTS) in Spain by the Ministry of Science and Innovation. CiSA also is the FAO Reference Centre for ASF, and for Bio Risk management.
CISA is the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for African Swine fever (ASF) from 2002, the FAO reference laboratory of ASF and Collaborating Center for FAO in Biosafety and emerging viral diseases.
For more information about the center visit the INIA webpage