Behaviour Management and Training of
Laboratory non-human Primates and Large
Laboratory Animals (CA15131)

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SCHEER Report Final Opinion (update 2017)

PRIMTRAIN delivered input to the SCHEER Final Opinion on The need for non-human primates in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices (update 2017)
Following a request from the European Commission, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) reviewed recent evidence to update the 2009 Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHEER) on ‘The need for non-human primates in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices’.
This Opinion responds to six main issues in the mandate and highlights the many scientific approaches that could significantly contribute to the replacement, reduction and refinement (3Rs) of Non-Human Primates (NHP) studies and tests. However, there are significant issues that go beyond scientific rationale that prevent widespread adoption and development of alternatives for NHP laboratory use and these are discussed with suggestions of the opportunities to overcome them.
Although the current state of knowledge does not permit to propose a timetable for phasing-out the use of NHP in Europe, the Opinion provides recommendations on how to advance 3Rs for NHP use, such as through alternative methods, training, improvement of techniques and protocols, sharing of knowledge and removal of barriers. Finally, research need sare given.
In preparation of the final opinion, a public consultation was opened on the website of the Scientific Committees from 10 February to 26 March 2017. Information about the public consultation was broadly communicated to national authorities, international organisations and other stakeholders.
190 contributors from Academia, researchers, Member States, Non-Governmental Organisations and industry, providing a total of 318 comments, participated in the public consultation, providing input to different chapters and subchapters of the Opinion. PRIMTRAIN delivered relevant input of which many points have been included in the Final Opinion.

A comment mentioning PRIMTRAIN

Prescott MJ, Langermans JA, Ragan I (2017) Applying the 3Rs to non-human primate research: barriers and solutions. Drug Discovery Today: Disease Models.
doi: 10.1016/j.ddmod.2017.11.001

Communications Workshop (1st November 2016 in Göttingen, Germany)

Workshop Synopsis:
The need and impact for ABM and laboratory animal training may be obvious to the lab animal trainers, nevertheless, they often need to argue the purpose and usefulness of ABM and training with peers or other members of the staff. On the other side animal staff often is confronted by outsiders with questions concerning their work. In this workshop we identifed particular argumentative obstacles that training/ABM staff faces in their day-to-day work and/or when communicating about their work to outsiders, such as the general public or legal authorities.

Based on this we developed useful communication strategies to overcome those obstacles, such as identified relevant arguments and communication concepts.

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Dissemination

FELASA Conference 2016 in Brussels, Belgium