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1. Scientific Steering Committee ‘Statement’ section

12 July 2007

In its first statement, the SSC considers that the use of NHP will need to be decided on a case-by-case basis, taking into account:

However, it considers that for certain experiments there may be no alternatives to the use of non-human primates, for example, drugs and vaccines for diseases such as: AIDS, TSE 1, malaria, influenza.

ADI Response – alternatives:

Although the SSC supports the adoption of alternative methods, experience has shown that non-animal alternatives will not be widely introduced without parliamentary action. For example:

Increasingly refined methods and human-specific biochemicals are used within drug research, development and testing, which requires the use of sophisticated humanbased testing systems, for example:

The university of California Centre for Animal Alternatives has created a search grid of databases of alternatives to animals, which enables researchers to access information quickly and easily. One of the links in the “toxicity” section leads to a website access to “approximately 360 abstracts about alternatives to irritation and corrosion testing in animals that are currently on-site”98.

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