In 1974, Spain’s National Food and Nutrition Centre (CNA) was launched following its creation by Decree 252/1974. It began its work in the field of foodstuff control at the same time as the development of the Spanish Food Code through Technical Health Regulations and the establishment of the Health Register for Industry and Products in Spain.
Through the General Health Law 14/1986 of 25 April, the CNA became part of the Carlos III Health Institute.From then on, the demands of the National Health System and the different bodies and institutions of the General State Administration were seen to,along with the demands of other public and private entities.
The Royal Decree 1450/2000 of 28 July stipulated the coordination of the CNA’s activities by means of the General Sub-Directorate of Epidemiology and National Public Health Centres, of the Carlos III Health Institute.
With the entry into force of Law 11/2001, of 5 July, whereby the AESA is created, and the Royal Decree 709/2002, of 19 July, the CNA become attached to the Spanish Agency for Food Safety.
Royal Decree 709/2002, of 19 July, approving the Statutes of the Spanish Agency for Food Safety, directly attached the CNA to the Executive Directorate of the AESAN, carrying out scientific-technical support and laboratory analytical control, acting as a reference laboratory in the cases established by the relevant provisions and undertaking R+D+I project development on a national and European Union level.