The IB-BIOALERTNET project consortium is composed of 6 research institutions. It will be coordinated by the Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII).
The Spanish co-beneficiaries are the Centre for Veterinary Health Surveillance (UCM-VISAVET) and the Valencian Institute of Agricultural Research (IVIA). The Portuguese counterpart is the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) and the National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinary Research (INIAV) that are the reference laboratories, respectively, for the human and animal health in Portugal.
The biotechnology company Epistem Limited from UK will take part of the project providing its expertise in point of care diagnostic testing.
Organisations involved in IB-BIOALERTNET
ISCIII, at the national level, has the responsibility to coordinate and manage the RE-LAB which is a network of Reference microbiology laboratories specialized on the different areas at risk (human, animal, environmental, plant and food health). RE-LAB allows the National System for the Management of Crisis to have an essential scientific-technical infrastructure so as to face the threats produced by high risk biological agents. Furthermore, ISCIII leads the National Biological Subgroup arising from the EU CBRN Action Plan which comprises RE-LAB laboratories and other national agencies. For this reason, ISCIII, VISAVET and IVIA, as RE-LAB laboratories, are involved in security issues in its broadest sense, and specifically with regard to potential terrorist acts involving biological agents.
On the other hand, INSA develops its activity as the Portuguese Laboratory of the Health Sector, National Reference Laboratory and National Health Observatory. It has a Unit of Response to Biopreparedness which will be in charge of the establishment of the Portuguese Laboratory for Biosafety and Biosecurity. INIAV is a State Laboratory specifically enrolled in conception, coordination and implementation of programs of research, development and surveillance in the scope of animal and public health, giving support to the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Territory, and acting as National Reference Laboratory.