This network includes publicly owned high biosafety laboratories that are open to the national and international scientific community and which, due to their size and characteristics, offer a unique opportunity to undertake studies that would not be feasible in other facilities.
It was created in 1993. This centre, located in Valdeolmos (Madrid), is part of the National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA), attached to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Its facilities are classified as Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3 according to the World Health Organisation and BSL-4 according to the World Organisation for Animal Health). Two of its 40 laboratories are authorised to carry out research and development work with high-risk exotic viruses that have the potential to affect humans (BSL-3+, the highest level in the country).
This infrastructure forms part of the Animal Health Research Centre located on the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) campus. It is a public foundation created in 1999 by the UAB and the Institute of Agri-Food Research and Technology (IRTA). Its main objectives include research, technological development, knowledge transfer and education in the field of animal health and all its implications for public health.