Workshop report ‘Alternative methods for the use of non-human primates in biomedical research’
6 August 2014
The experimental use of non-human primates (NHP) in Europe is tightly regulated and is only permitted when there are no alternatives available. As a result, NHP are most often used in late, pre-clinical phases of biomedical research. Although the impetus for scientists, politicians and the general public to replace, reduce and refine NHP in biomedical research is strong, the development of 3Rs technology for NHP poses specific challenges.
In February 2014, a workshop on ‘Alternative methods for the use of NHP in biomedical research’ was organized at the BPRC, within the international exchange program of EUPRIM-Net II: a European infrastructure initiative that links biomedical primate research centers.
The workshop included two days of lectures by key scientists in the field of alternatives as well as lectures by experts from governmental and other involved organizations. Furthermore, parallel sessions were organized to stimulate discussion on the challenges of advancing the use of alternative methods for NHP. Subgroups voted on four statements and together composed a list with opportunities and priorities.
Results of these votings, the recommendations as well as a complete detailed report including the contents of all presentations were recently published in a scientific journal and are publicly accessible through the website of Altex or via the link below.