Association of Primate Veterinarians. 2019. Association of Primate Veterinarians’ Position Statement: Cerebrospinal fluid aspiration for nonhuman primates in biomedical research. JAALAS 58(4), 428-429.

The Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV) recognizes that CSF collection may be required for both clinical and research purposes in nonhuman primates (NHP). Because there are inherent risks associated with the technique, the laboratory animal veterinarian should determine the need and utility of CSF collection for clinical evaluation. CSF collections for research purposes must be scientifically justified and approved by the institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) or equivalent regulatory body hereafter referred to as IACUC. The following recommendations provide basic information for IACUCs, researchers using nonhuman primate models, and veterinary personnel to consider when developing policies and standard operating procedures for CSF collections.