LEGAL NOTICE ( is a domain owned by the IRTA (Institute of Agriculture and Food Research and Technology), with Tax ID number Q-5855049-B and its registered office is at Torre Marimon, C-59, Km. 12.1, Caldes de Montbui (Barcelona) post code-08140 tel. 93 467 40 40 and email address

IRTA is a state-owned company of the Government of Catalonia, regulated by Law 4/2009 of 15 April of the Parliament (Official State Gazette of 23 April 2009), whose purpose is to contribute to the modernization, improvement and promotion of competitiveness, to the sustainable development of the agrarian, food, agroforestry, aquaculture and fisheries sectors, as well as to those directly or indirectly related to the supply of healthy and high-quality foods to end consumers, to food safety and food transformation, and, in general, to the improvement of the well-being and health of the population.

By means of the domain the company manages its web portal, notwithstanding the fact that, on occasions or on a permanent basis, there may be other electronic addresses which also permit access to the contents and services provided on the website.

User Access

Access to and/or use of the IRTA’s portals assigns the status of user and entails the acceptance of the conditions for access and use contained in this legal notice, as well as the policy on privacy and personal data. The above-mentioned conditions will apply regardless of the general conditions on procurement and electronic commerce which, as appropriate, may apply to the features offered by the portal. The user undertakes to use the services and information provided on the portal upon the basis of good faith.

Initial access to the portal is free of charge. However, there may be features or services subject to the payment of a fee, under the conditions established in each particular case.

In the event that, due to the use of certain features or services, user registration is required, this will be performed by means of data collection forms, subject to the preventive terms of the law on personal data protection outlined in this legal notice.

To use the portal, minors must have permission from their parents or legal guardians, who will be responsible for them.

Protection of intellectual and industrial property rights

The portal’s intellectual and industrial property rights are owned by the IRTA, including the contents and graphic elements, its source code, design, browsing structure, databases and other elements which form part of the website. Therefore, the IRTA holds exclusive rights to the exercise of the exploitation rights in any form and, in particular, the rights of reproduction, distribution, public communication and transformation. Any use or reproduction that users make of these contents, or any others which may be included in the future, must be made in accordance with the provisions and in compliance with the limitations set forth in the regulations on intellectual property and, in any event, with the IRTA’s authorization, without prejudice to the limits established in Royal Decree 1/1996 of 12 April, which approves the consolidated text of the Intellectual Property Act.

Reservation of rights: The IRTA expresses its reservation of rights of a general nature with respect to all the contents published on the website subject to intellectual and industrial property regulations. In accordance with the provisions of Article 32 of the consolidated text of the Intellectual Property Act, the IRTA expressly forbids the use of any of the contents of the portal in any format in order to create press reviews, audio-visual productions or any other items with a commercial purpose without its prior express authorization.

This legal notice does not entail any assignment of rights on behalf of the user in relation to any of the elements which form part of the website or its contents.

The following are not authorized on any account:

  • Presentation of a page of the portal or any of its contents in a window which does not belong to, by means of any technique or procedure including framing, in-line linking, etc.
  • Removal of elements from the website causing damage to the IRTA under the current regulations.
  • Commercial use of the contents of the website.
  • Use of distinctive brands or signs, logos, colour combinations, structures, designs and, in general, distinctive symbols of any nature owned by IRTA, without the company’s knowledge and respective authorization.
  • Use of the contents for unlawful or illegal activities or any contrary to good faith and public order.
  • Publishing contents or propaganda of a racist, xenophobic, pornographic or unlawful nature or any which violates human rights.
  • Causing damage to the hardware and software systems of the IRTA, its suppliers or third parties and introducing or distributing on the network computer viruses or other hardware and software systems liable to cause the above-mentioned damage.
  • Attempting to access and, as applicable, use the email accounts of other users and modify or manipulate their messages.

The user may view the contents of this portal, copy them and print them on his/her computer or any other medium for the exclusive purposes of personal and private use.

Policy on privacy and personal data

A) Data collected on the form
The IRTA, as the body responsible for the website, in compliance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data (hereinafter, the “GDPR”), and Law 34/2002 of 11 July on information society services and electronic commerce (LSSICE), informs you that it has implemented the necessary security measures of a technical and organizational nature to guarantee and protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data entered.

View the PRIVACY POLICY of the website via the following link:

B) Browsing data

The browsing system and software necessary for the functioning of this website collect data in a standard manner, the transmission of which is implicit in the use of the internet communication protocols. This data category includes the IP address or domain name of the computer used by the user to connect to the website, the URL address of the resource requested, the time, the method used for the server consultation, the size of the file obtained in the response, the numerical code indicating the status of the response to the server and other parameters related to the operating system of the user’s computer environment.

This information is not associated with specific users and is used for the sole purpose of obtaining statistical information on use of the website.

Responsibility with regard to the contents

The IRTA reserves the right to modify the contents of the website and to delete them, as well as to limit or prevent access to them on a temporary or permanent basis, without prior notice.

The IRTA does not assume any responsibility for the technical access, information or contents of other web pages to which it refers or with which it can be linked via the website.

The IRTA does not necessarily identify with the opinions expressed by its partners.

Right of exclusion

The IRTA reserves the right to deny or withdraw access to the websites and/or services it offers without prior notice, at its own request or that of a third party, to users who fail to comply with these general conditions.

Chats and forums, surveys and other interactive features

The portal may have sections of a public and participatory nature (forums, chats, surveys, etc.), understood as those which are generally accessible to all users for interaction. In certain cases, conditions for participation are established which must first be accepted, as well as the mandatory registration of users, in which case, in addition to the conditions for participation, they must agree to the assignment of personal data for the purposes of complying with the policy and law on personal data protection.

With regard to the contents users decide to send for their inclusion in these spaces, the following conditions of use and access are established:

1.- Responsibilities: The IRTA does not assume any responsibility for the content of the messages, information and opinions of users and reserves the right to prevent the access of unlawful or illegitimate content or any which could harm legitimate rights of any kind or remove or eliminate any which have been contributed, especially in the event of non-compliance with these conditions.

2.- Intellectual Property: The IRTA will have the right to reproduce, modify (by means of extracts, summaries and reviews), adapt and publish contents such as texts, photographs, charts, etc., including by means of public disclosure, in order to promote the section to which they have been sent, as well as to use them in the IRTA’s activities and publications, in any format and support. The licence is free of charge and is established for the period of time until it passes into the public domain stipulated in the intellectual property law in force at any time. The users will only send contents of which they are the original authors or for which they have ownership rights, without prejudice to stating the owner’s URL or having the right to add links to the aforementioned content.

3.- The IRTA will not return any of the content sent or acquire any obligation to reply to the users.

4.- The personal data contained in the interactive features and their content may not be used for profit or uses which have not been expressly authorized by their owner. The user will be accountable for the truthfulness of the data provided.

5.- The users will respect the opinions of other users and participants and will refrain from using offensive, defamatory, racist or violent language or any which violates current law.

6.- Commercial or unauthorized correspondence will not be permitted.

7.- Users should be aware that the personal data supplied by users may be seen by any other users or participants. In the case of third-party data, their express consent must be obtained.

8.- In the case of surveys, the user may participate anonymously, and the IRTA does not assume any responsibility for the use users may make of their results.


Subscribing, free of charge or otherwise, to products or newsletters published by the IRTA performed via this portal will be voluntary and entail the acceptance of the conditions established in each case, which the user will have to expressly accept. It will also entail consent to receiving commercial information on products and services of the IRTA, related companies and partner centres. Registering for these services entails authorization for the IRTA to send this kind of correspondence and the user may revoke the authorization in writing, in the manner indicated by the IRTA in each case.

General points

The IRTA will prosecute any breach of these conditions, as well as any improper use of its websites, exercising all the civil and criminal actions that may apply by law.

The IRTA cannot guarantee that the portal and server will be free of viruses, hence it does not assume responsibility for any damage which may be caused by these anomalies or any other of a technical nature.

Amendment of these conditions and duration

The IRTA may amend the conditions set out herein at any time, duly published as they appear here. The validity of the above-mentioned conditions will depend on their announcement and will remain in force until they are amended by other duly published conditions.

Relevant law and jurisdiction

The relationship between the IRTA and the users will be governed by the current Spanish regulations and any dispute will be submitted to the courts and tribunals of the city of Barcelona.

Reuse of contents

In accordance with article 17.1 of Law 19/2014, the Government of Catalonia© allows the reuse of contents and data, provided that the source and the date of the update are cited and the information is not distorted (article 8 of Law 37/2007), and also provided that no specific licence is infringed”.