* To develop an organisational and communication framework between European and Developing Country primate research centres within which improvements in the capabilities for research on health problems of Developing Countries and improvements in animal welfare can most effectively be realised.
* To identify the areas for improvement that can most benefit from collaborative efforts and co-ordinate the implementation of such efforts.
* Clearly identified priorities for collaborative development of research and reference capabilities.
* Management and communication structures that allow rapid and free exchange of information between primate centres.
* Co-ordination of the improvement of capabilities, ensuring that duplication of effort is substantially reduced and that optimal use of scarce resources is achieved.
* Establish Regional Networks and appropriate regional centres for Latin America, Africa and Asia. Each regional centre will inform primate centres within the region of the establishment of PVEN and invite applications to participate in the network. Each regional centre will, together with the PVEN advisory board, select 5 - 6 appropriate members who will form the initial core membership of PVEN. A European co-ordinating centre will be established and the PVEN regional centres, together with this European centre, will invite independent experts to join an external advisory board for the network.
* Hold regional meetings at which the opportunities for collaborative development of improved Research and Reference standards will be identified. Specifically the Reference Programme (published in PVEN Guidelines) will be used as a starting point for the evaluation of critical factors in:
- colony health and management including virological, bacteriological, fungal and parasitological testing, the implementation of welfare standards, haematology and clinical chemistry (normal and pathological values).
- colony characterisation and development including MHC typing, DNA fingerprinting, genetic conservation of laboratory species, in and out-breeding, reproduction technology.
- research fundamentals including cytokines, hormones, blood groups, MHC, CD markers, cellular immunology techniques, non-invasive monitoring.
- knowledge resources including computer databases.
- training including exchange of staff to transfer specific technologies and the establishment of accepted standards of training in primate care and use for animal handlers.
* Identify the most appropriate sources for expertise and ensure such expertise is available to primate centres, through support of travel, organisation of workshops, etc. in order to assist in the implementation of collaborative efforts.