The Deputy Manager of Analysis and Diagnosis has two technical divisions: the Technical Department of Veterinary Analysis and Diagnosis and the Technical Department of Agricultural Analysis and Diagnosis. These departments are based on a laboratory network comprised of 26 Livestock Diagnostic Centers, 14 Farming Diagnostic Centers, a system of reference laboratories and a level 3A Biosafety laboratory as the basis of diagnosis and epidemiological surveillance for the prevention, control and eradication of pests and diseases in crops and animals.
The laboratory network provides its services through the compliance of the principles of efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency.
The Deputy Manager of Analysis and Diagnosis is also responsible for preparing and developing policies, plans, programs, projects, measures and procedures aimed at advancing protocols in this area to fulfill the objectives of the Institute.
The ICA, through its laboratory network, identifies, characterizes and confirms the presence of pathogens and contaminants in agricultural production, and manages the services provided by the reference laboratories and by the public on inputs of animal health and control required for the production, marketing, import and export.
In coordination with the Deputy Manager of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Regulations, the Deputy Manager of Analysis and Diagnosis projects the scientific, technical and administrative rules that apply for the strengthening of the national laboratory network, the biosecurity measures necessary to ensure the safe handling of samples; the integrated waste management plan, the quality standards, the requirements for reference laboratories and for the network, audit parameters and other rules that may be applied.
In timely manner, the Deputy Manager supplies other ICA units, animal and vegetable areas, the information corresponding to the diagnostic service to be incorporated into epidemiological information and surveillance system.
Among other functions of the Deputy Manager is to propose, support and promote the conduct of scientific research of interest in the agricultural sector. Keep updated the protocols and analytical techniques based on the best existing practices and attend the needs of the sanitary and phytosanitary services of the country.
It also coordinates the operation of the ICA laboratories and leads their activities in order to obtain national and international accreditation in each of their tests; regulates, with the reference laboratories, the guidelines that should be imparted to the other network laboratories, necessary for the fulfillment of the objectives of the Institute. It maintains the coordination between the network laboratories and the international laboratories, allowing the improvement of the services.
It supports other Technical Deputy Managers and other entities related with the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures system in the development of diagnostic activities. Establishes a system of accreditation, authorization, delegation and cooperation to increase coverage, improve the timeliness and effectiveness of Sanitary and Phytosanitary protection and regulation, for the specific tests that the institute considers relevant.
It coordinates the development of audits, or hires them when appropriate provided they have the respective accredited laboratories.