Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I. P. (INIAV)
INIAV provides laboratory services and scientific and technical support to both farmers and industry. Its National Reference Laboratories perform official analysis in the fields of Animal Health, Plant Health, Food and Feed Safety. The preservation and management of the plant and animal germplasm's databases as well as of the national collections of reference are also included in INIAV's responsibilities.
INIAV's core competences are to:
- develop the scientific and technological basis that supports the definition of the public sector policies;
- promote the activities of research, experimentation and demonstration, according to the public policies' guidelines designed for each sector, in order to ensure the technical and scientific support that leads to the development, innovation and improved competitiveness in areas such as the forestry, crop's protection, food production, animal health and food safety, as well as in the area of food technology and biotechnology;
- ensure its National Reference Laboratory role;
- cooperate with related scientific and technological institutions, both national and international.