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National Social Security Institute


|C/ Padre Damián, 4 y 6 - 28036 - MADRID.

Telephone: 91 568 83 00.

Fax: 91 564 04 84.

What is the National Social Security Institute?

It is a Management Body  for Social Security, with independent legal status, dependent on the Ministry of Employment and Social Security via the SESS, entrusted with managing economic benefits of the Social Security system, except those managed by the IMSERSO or competent services of the Autonomous Regions. It is also responsible for recognising the right to medical assistance, regardless of whether the applicable legislation is national or international.

What are its powers?

  • To recognise and control the right to the contributory economic benefits of the Social Security System (notwithstanding the powers attributed to the SPEE regarding unemployment benefits, and to the ISM regarding the Special Regime for Sea Workers):
    • Retirement.
    • Permanent disability.
    • Death and survival (widowhood, orphanhood, in favour of relatives and death grant).
    • Temporary disability.
    • Maternity and Paternity.
    • Risk during pregnancy and risk during breastfeeding.
    • Caring for minors affected by cancer or another serious illness.
    • Economic compensation from permanent non-disabling injuries.
    • School insurance.
  • The recognition and control of non-contributory family benefits (per child or dependent minor; birth or adoption of a child, large families, single parent families and in cases of disabled mothers; and for multiple births).
  • Recognition and control of status as an insured person and beneficiary, whether as a holder, relative or beneficiary, for the purpose of healthcare coverage.
  • Internationally, participation, to the extent and scope attributed by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, in negotiating and executing International Social Security Agreements, as well as membership of associations and international organisms.
  • Management of the Special Mutual Insurance Fund for Social Security Civil Servants.
  • Management and operation of the Register of Public Social Services.
  • Management of economic and social benefits of toxic syndrome.
  • Routine management of its human resources, to the extent and scope determined by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security.
  • Routine management of material resources assigned to its mission.
  • As many other duties as assigned by laws or regulations, or entrusted by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security.

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