About Sciensano

Last updated on 7-5-2024 by Lieke Vervoort

Sciensano connects health, science and society and can count on more than 900 staff members who are committed to human and animal health every day. 

As our name suggests, science and health are central to our mission. Sciensano’s strength and uniqueness lie within the holistic and multidisciplinary approach to health. More particularly we focus on the close and indissoluble interconnection between human and animal health and their environment (the “One health” concept). By combining different research perspectives within this framework, Sciensano contributes in its unique way to everybody’s health.

For this, Sciensano builds on the more than 100 years of scientific expertise of the former Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre (CODA-CERVA) and the ex-Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP).

Sciensano’s scientists explore 6 fields of action

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Sciensano is a public institution with legal personality established by the law of 25 February 2018 establishing Sciensano. Sciensano performs public and animal health assignments at 5 levels:

  1. federal
  2. regional
  3. community level
  4. European
  5. international level

Sciensano is recognized as a research institution by the Belgian Science Policy and can issue a scientific visa.

Sciensano is registered at the Belgian Crossroads Bank for Enterprises with enterprise number 0693.876.830. Sciensano has its registered office at Rue Juliette Wytsman 14, 1050 Ixelles (Belgium).
Our VAT number is BE0693.876.830.

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Working at Sciensano means contributing to our motto 'healthy all life long'.

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5 scientific directorates supported by administrative offices.

For more than a century, Sciensano has been a reference in the field of health.

Sciensano’s employees recognise their responsibilities and share core values.

Sciensano must implement all necessary measures to ensure the reliability of its work.

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