Reporting unexpected adverse events where animals are used for scientific purposes

 

Investigators and teachers must report to their Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) on each project that uses animals for scientific purposes. It is recommended that AECs develop a form to guide investigators and teachers on preparing annual progress and completion reports.

Annual progress reports from investigators and teachers to their AEC

Investigators must provide written annual progress reports to their AEC that should advise the AEC on:

  1. what progress has been achieved
  2. any problems that may have interfered with progress of the project
  3. how many animals have been used
  4. whether the wellbeing of the animals is consistent with that anticipated in the proposal
  5. whether any changes are envisaged
  6. whether the project is meeting its aims.

The following reports are required.

Type of report Who to Frequency of reporting
Annual report AEC Once each year
Completion report AEC At the end of the project
Annual Animal Use Statistics Report Biosecurity Queensland - Animal Welfare and Ethics Once a year
Report on unexpected adverse events AEC As required when an adverse event occurs

The AEC must review the annual progress reports and, in consultation with the investigator, approve that the project may continue, be suspended, require modification or be discontinued.

Completion reports from investigators and teachers to AECs

When a project is completed or discontinued, the investigator or teacher must submit a completion report to the AEC. The completion report should advise the AEC on:

  1. whether the stated aims were achieved
  2. whether the number of animals used varied from the number approved and if so, why any major discrepancies occurred
  3. whether the wellbeing of the animals were consistent with that anticipated in the proposal
  4. conclusions as to how procedures in future projects could be modified to reduce any impact on animal welfare
  5. details of publications and presentations that have resulted from the project.

It is recommended that AECs develop a form(s) to guide investigators and teachers on preparing completion reports.

Further information

Last updated 30 April 2013