A public consultation opens today on the Preliminary Opinion on ‘the need for non-human primates (NHP) in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices’ (2017 update), prepared by the SCHEER (1).
Interested parties are invited to submit comments about relevant scientific evidence online before 26 March 2017.
In addition to the public consultation, a public hearing on the SCHEER preliminary Opinion will be organised in Luxembourg on 14 March 2017.
On the Commission's request, the SCHEER has reviewed recent evidence to update the 2009 Opinion on the need for NHP in biomedical research. The Preliminary 2017 Opinion provides recommendations on how to advance the replacement, reduction and refinement (3Rs) for the use of NHP. For example: alternative methods, training, improvement of techniques and protocols, sharing of knowledge, removal of barriers and research needs. It also suggests solutions for various obstacles.