This infrastructure is part of the Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal (CISA) located in Valdeolmos (Madrid, Spain). It belongs to the Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), a public research organism.

The High Biosecurity Laboratory (NSB-3) of CISA counts with 40 laboratories and common rooms, where different activities are performed. A total of 21 boxes are available for animal experimentation, with capacity to allocate from fishes to horses. Other laboratories/rooms include a necropsy area and molecular biology laboratories. Two of CISA laboratories are adapted to work with exotic viruses with high risk for humans (NBS3+). Globally, those facilities occupy an area of 10,824 m2.

El CISA, besides an active participation in technology development and international cooperation, has the mission to study, prevent and control infectious diseases, including these exotic diseases for the Spanish livestock and wildlife. To fill this purpose, CISA develops and promotes animal health research to the highest scientific level and participates as reference laboratory for 11 diseases.

CISA is a Reference Centre for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Noteworthy, CISA collaborates with other organizations such as AECID (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo), OIRSA (Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria), IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), ICLAS (International Council for Laboratory Animal Science), and AFAAR (American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research) entre otros.

· More information at the web of CISA