The National Center for Animal and Plant Health (CENSA), founded in 1969, is a Science and Technological Innovation institution which belongs to the Ministry of Higher Education in Cuba.
It is a center of excellence in the development of R+D+i systems, from the training of a highly qualified staff, both nationally and internationally. It has achieved scientific-technical results of great impact on the prevention, diagnosis, and control of pests and diseases, food safety, and on the preparation and adaptation to climate change as well.
It is supported by the technological innovation with an interdisciplinary approach; a continuous concern on productivity, quality, development of competitive products, meeting the bioethical and sustainable principles, with emphasis on environmental preservation.
CENSA´s mission is “to contribute to the preservation and improvement of the animal, plant and human health” with high level professionals, from which the 60% are PhDs. It holds the Order Carlos J. Finlay, the highest recognition awarded by the Council of State of Cuba, due to its relevant scientific results.It is a Collaborating Center of the International Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in disaster risk reduction in animal health and OIE Reference Laboratory for the diagnosis of avian mycoplasmosis.
For the publication of the results, it edits two journals: Salud Animal (RSA, 1980) and Protección Vegetal (RPV, 1987), both with quarterly frequency and indexed in SciELO database.