Application procedure

The Primate Brain Bank provides tissues for research purposes only.

In order to apply for tissue, it is required to fill in the Application form and give a description of the research project the tissue is requested for.

The Application form is send to the Scientific Committee for approval.

After approval, you will be asked to sign the Material Transfer Agreement.

The material will be provided for a fee, as specified in the letter accompanying the Material Transfer Agreement. The fee is meant to cover the expenses of the Primate Brain Bank involved in tissue banking.

After all formalities have been fulfilled, the material will be prepared for transport. The Primate Brain Bank strives to keep this procedure as efficient and quick as possible

Legal aspects

National legislation

All the primate brains in the collection are from protected or endangered species. This means that the material is subject to International and National legislation. The Primate Brain Bank complies with the International and Dutch legislation. However, national laws in the country of the recipients may differ. The applicants are responsible for ensuring they comply with all local legislation prior to receiving the material.


The Primate Brain Bank does not knowingly collect brain material from infected animals. In addition, the fixation procedures neutralise the vast majority of microorganisms and viruses. Therefore the material is not considered to be infectious. However, safety cannot be guaranteed completely. The recipient is therefore responsible for the personal safety of all those conducting the scientific research. The material must be disposed of as biohazard material.