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Founded in 1993, the European Federation for Primatology (EFP) brings together national primatological societies as well as groups of primatologists in those countries of Europe where societies could not yet be founded.

Our mission is


  1. to coordinate actions related to primatology between the different European societies including the circulation of information between the different national societies and groups in Europe.

  2. Folia Primatologica, published by Karger S.A., Basel, is the official publication of the Federation.

  3. meetings of the national societies, specialist groups and workshops, scientific activities, research and educational projects related to primatology.

  4. to promote national management of captive primates and to make studies on primates available to a maximum of students and researchers.

  5. to act as an official "group of interest" to be consulted by the European Commission on matters related to the norms regulating the use of NHP in laboratory research


The aims of all affiliated societies or groups are to encourage all areas of non-human primatological scientific research, to facilitate cooperation among scientists of all nationalities engaged in primate research, and to promote the conservation of all primate species. Protection of captive primates is one of the most important aims of the EFP, practically this means the improvement of the well-being of primates.
Therefore the EFP intends to promote the dialogue with all people involved in primatology and to promote studies providing scientific evidence on primate welfare issues.
The EFP will strive to promote the implementation of the "International Primatological Society Guidelines for the acquisition, care, and breeding of non-human primates".

The EFP endorses the IPS policies and guidelines on work with captive and wild primates (


The EFP considers its independence from private interests as necessary for its scientific expertise. Consequently, the EFP will not sponsor any activities related to private commercial interests.

However, the EFP provides the scientific experience for all people and organizations interested whenever non-human primates are affected.


Currently, 9 European countries are affiliated with the EFP: Belgium,  France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
The EFP connects people involved in non-human primate conservation, education, research in-situ and ex-situ, and zoo management. This accounts for more than 1100 scientists, students, and zoo managers.
More than 30 academic institutions are represented in the EFP through membership

EFP Board

Publications: Newsletter in Folia Primatologica


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