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PURPOSE

The PRRS facilitates the sequenced use of nonhuman primates in biomedical research, promoting conservation of wild populations by encouraging use of colony-bred animals and by reducing laboratory demand for them. The PRRS matches institutional resources with research needs for nonhuman primates and primate materials, such as blood samples, tissues, and cadavers. If not immediately matched, needs and availabilities are published in the twice monthly bulletin CURRENT LISTINGS. The PRRS also maintains a database of colonies and other possible sources of primates and primate materials. Investigators and colony managers are invited to list their animals available for transfer or sharing.


REGULATIONS

Foreign Quarantine Regulations, 42 CFR Part 71.53 Nonhuman primates.

(A) Definitions. As used in this section the term:
Importer means any person or corporation, partnership, or other organization, receiving live nonhuman primates from a foreign country within a period of 31 days, beginning with the importation date, whether or not the primates were held for part of the period at another location. The term importer includes the original importer and any other person or organization receiving imported primates within the 31-day period. Nonhuman primates means all nonhuman members of the Order Primates, including, but not limited to, animals commonly known as monkeys, chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas, gibbons, apes, baboons, marmosets, tamarin, lemurs, and lorises.

(B) General prohibition. No person or organization may import live nonhuman primates into the United States unless registered as an importer in accordance with applicable provisions of this section.

(C) Uses for which nonhuman primates may be imported and distributed.
Live nonhuman primates may be imported into the United States and sold, resold, or otherwise distributed only for bona fide scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes. The importation of nonhuman primates for use in breeding colonies is also permitted provided that all offspring will be used only for scientific, educational or exhibition purposes. The maintenance of nonhuman primates as pets, hobby, or an avocation with occasional display to the general public is not a permissible use.
Additional CDC regulations applying to nonhuman primates


DISCLAIMER

The maintenance of nonhuman primates as pets, hobby, or an avocation with occasional display to the general public is NOT a permissible use. Nonhuman primates and their offspring may be sold, resold, or otherwise distributed only for bona fide scientific, educational (Univ level), or exhibition purposes, according to strictly defined criteria {Foreign Quarantine Regulations, 42 CFR Part 71.53, Implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)}. Please check all regulations (USDA, CDC, USDI, local permits) prior to transfer, sale, placement of nonhuman primates. Links to many of these regulatory agencies may be found on our Related Links page.