What is RLASB?
The High Biological Safety Laboratories Network (RLASB) is a Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (ICTS) of High Biological Safety laboratories that offers the possibility of using integrated laboratory and animal services, exclusively dedicated to work with infectious agents that demand conditions of high biological security for its manipulation. Due to its size, size and capacity, both High Security Biological Installations are unique at a national and international level, given that there are very few laboratories of these characteristics and this capacity.
The RLASB is a distributed ICTS infrastructure formed by two nodes:
- BCL-3 of the Animal Health Research Center INIA-CISA
- BCL-3 of the Animal Health Research Center IRTA-CReSA
Both nodes are part of the Biological Alert Laboratory Network (RE-LAB), coordinated by the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII). RE-LAB is a scientific-technical infrastructure for operational support to the National System for Conducting Crisis Situations for the response to threats by dangerous biological agents. It is integrated by specialized microbiology laboratories in the different fields considered at risk (human, animal, environmental, plant and food health).
ICTS of Spain
Las Infraestructuras Científica y Tecnológicas Singulares son grandes instalaciones, recursos, equipamientos y servicios únicos en su género y de titularidad pública. Su objetivo es ofrecer un servicio de calidad a la comunidad científica y tecnológica nacional e internacional, dedicando al menos el 20% de su capacidad en régimen de acceso abierto competitivo contando con el apoyo del personal técnico y administrativo propio de la ICTS.
Estas infraestructuras tienen un coste de inversión, mantenimiento y operación muy elevado, cuya importancia y carácter estratégico justifica su disponibilidad para todo el colectivo de I+D+i. Las ICTS están distribuidas por todo el territorio nacional y quedan recogidas en lo que se denomina el Mapa de Infraestructuras Científicas y Técnicas Singulares (ICTS) de España, promovido por el Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades.
The first ICTS Map was agreed at the III Conference of Presidents, held on January 11, 2007, and was prepared with the participation of the Autonomous Communities. The “Spanish Science and Technology and Innovation Strategy 2013-2020”, approved by the Council of Ministers in February 2013, establishes that the ICTS Map is the long-term planning and development tool for these infrastructures in coordination with the CCAA. In accordance with this Strategy, the ICTS Map is updated every four years, with the Scientific, Technological and Innovation Policy Council (CPCTI) being the competent body for its approval. The first update was agreed at the CPCTI meeting on October 7, 2014 and has remained in effect until November 6, 2018, date on which the CPCTI has approved a new update for the period 2017-2020.