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Date of creation
2007-12-05 12:14 UTC (icespedes@senasa.go.cr)
Date of last update
2017-11-17 20:59 UTC (lmadrigal@sfe.go.cr)
Date of publication
2017-11-17 20:59 UTC (lmadrigal@sfe.go.cr)

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  • Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica
Title of document
General Law on The National Service of Animal Health
Legislative details
Type of document
  • National Law
Subject areas
  • Human and/or Animal Health
Types of LMOs addressed
  • Animals
  • Bacteria
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
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 production chain.

d) Execute the necessary measures for the veterinary control of Zoonosis.

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 health.

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 Law.

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).
Date of entry into force
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Regulatory contact information
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Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal (SENASA)
Barreal de Heredia de Jardines de Recuerdo un kilómetro al oeste y 400 metros norte en Campus de la Universidad Nacional Benjamín Núñez
Heredia, Heredia
Costa Rica, Costa Rica, 3-3006 CENADA
Phone:(506) 2587-1600 ext 1696
Fax:(506) 2587-1600
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