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CReSA (Animal Health Research Center)


Building CReSA. Campus UAB.
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona) Spain. 


GD Coordinates:
Latitude: 41.50517706741173
Longitude: 2.0984047651290894

GMS Coordinates:
Latitude: 41º 30′ 18,637″
Longitude: 2º 5′ 54,257″


Tel: (+34) 93 467 40 40 +Ext. 1708
Fax: 93 581 44 90

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  • 15 Biosafety Level 2 laboratories (717 m2).
  • Biocontainment Unit (4,500 m2): 6 laboratories of biosecurity level 3 and 12 independent experimental boxes suitable for housing supply animals (pigs, birds, calves, sheep, goats and rabbits), as well as wild animals (goats, birds of prey, deer, alpacas, dromedaries, etc.) and laboratory animals (rats and mice).





CReSA has always pursued the implementation of Quality in its activities. For that purpose, a Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) was created early before the start of activities at the new building in 2005.  


Good Laboratory Practices 

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In year 2009, CReSA was certified as a research laboratory complying with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and registered in the GLP Verification Program with number BPL050CAT. It complies with the Royal decree 822/1993, which sets the principles of good laboratory practice and its application in non-clinical studies. Moreover, studies with animals out from the own animal facilities follow the principles of Good Clinical Practices (GCPs).  

This is in application in studies that CReSA carries out in the following fields:  

  • Toxicity studies: 
    • Histopathology 
    • Residues studies  
  • Others studies: 
    • Microbiology: viral safety 
    • Dosing of test substance and specimen drawing 
    • Safety of immunological veterinary medicines 

 CReSA is periodically inspected by the Subdirectorate-General for Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Planning and Quality (Government of Catalonia, Spain), which is the competent authority for the control in the application of these principles in the field of veterinary drugs in Catalonia, according to the Royal decree 2043/1994 October 14th on the inspection and the verification of good laboratory practice (modified by the order of the Ministry of Presidency of April 14th 2000).  


ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation of Testing Laboratories 

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CReSA is conducting diagnostic tests for the Catalonian Government. Preparatory work by QAU was performed in 2007 and 2008 to ask ENAC (Spanish Accreditation Entity) for accreditation of diagnostic techniques and procedures. In 2009, an inspection visit leaded to the final accreditation by recognition of the technical competition according to the criteria in UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025 for the performance of diagnostics tests with accreditation number 900/LE1557.  

The inspection of the year 2019 accredits the CReSA in the new UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 was obtained to perform diagnosis for:  

  • BlueTongue  
  • Classical Swine Fever 
  • African Swine Fever 
  • Avian Influenza 
  • Newcastle disease virus 
  • West Nile virus 
  • Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies 
  • Bovine tuberculosis 


UNE-EN ISO 9001: 2015 Certification in quality management systems 

In 2015, CReSA was certified as a research laboratory that has a quality management system in accordance with ISO 9001: 2015 and was registered with IRTA under number ER-0591/2013 by IQNet (The International Certification Network) and AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification). 




On 26 May 2017, the General Assembly of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) designated the Animal Health Research Center (IRTA-CReSA) as the OIE Collaborating Center for “research and control of emerging swine diseases and re-emerging in Europe, ”with Dr. Joaquim Segalés as contact person, and OIE Reference Laboratory for Classical Swine Fever, with Dr. Llilianne Ganges as a designated expert. It was the first research center in Spain designated as a member of the OIE Center network.

The OIE is a global organization that defines Collaborating Centers as centers of expertise in a specific area of ​​expertise related to general animal health issues. In the competition for emerging and re-emerging pig diseases, IRTA-CReSA can provide international advice following the mandate and internal regulations of the OIE Collaborating Centers.

The appointment was made possible by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (Mapam), in charge of presenting the candidacy represented by Mr. Valentín Almansa (Director General of Health of Agricultural Production), Mrs. Beatriz Muñoz (Deputy Director General of Animal Health and Hygiene and Traceability) and Mr. Gregorio Torres (Delegate of the OIE Scientific and Technical Department, appointed by Mapam).



RLASB (Network of High Biosafety Level Laboratories)

The Network of High-Security Biological Laboratories (RLASB) is one of the Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) of Spain, constituted by two nodes, IRTA-CReSA and CISA-INIA. It provides open access research facilities under BSL3 conditions. ICTS are large installations, resources, facilities and services, unique in its kind, that are dedicated to cutting edge and high quality research and technological development, as well as to promote exchange, transmission and preservation of knowledge, technology transfer and innovation.

TRANSVAC: Improving and accelerating vaccine development in Europe

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INFRAVEC2: Biological and Medical Sciences : Research Infrastructures for the control of vector-borne diseases

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