Objectives of the Law. This Law has the following objectives:
a) Preserve, promote, protect and reestablish animal health, with
the purpose of providing a greater welfare and productivity, in
harmony with the environment.
b) Provide the consumer with the sanitary safety of food of animal
origin and, thus, the protection of human health.
c) Regulate and control sanitary security and safety of food of
animal origin in an integrated manner, throughout the food
d) Execute the necessary measures for the veterinary control of
e) Oversee and regulate the use and exchange of animals, their
products and byproducts.
f) Regulate and supervise the use and exchange of animal origin
genetic material, as well as determine the sanitary risk that such
material could represent to veterinary or animal public
g) Register, regulate and supervise veterinary medicines and food
for animal consumption, so that they do not represent a risk to
veterinary public health, animal health and the environment.
h) To seek the respect and implementation of the different
international agreements, subscribed by Costa Rica in matter of
competition, in accordance with the purposes and objectives of this
i) Establish the mechanisms of coordination between the different
national institutions and the international organizations involved
with the matters of this Law.
j) Establish the mechanisms of participation of organized groups
and users of services provided by SENASA in the plans and actions
of its competence.
Purpose. The purpose of the present Law is to regulate animal
health, veterinary public health and the functioning of National
Service of Animal Health (SENASA, for its Spanish Acronym).