An animal ethics committee (AEC) is a committee constituted in accordance with the requirements of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (8th ed, 2013) (Scientific Use Code). AECs must review and decide on applications for the use of animals for scientific purposes including research and teaching. They also monitor the care and use of animals for scientific purposes; approve guidelines for the care and use of animals; take actions regarding unexpected adverse events and non-compliance; and report to the institution.
Institutions that use animals for scientific purposes must implement processes so that the governing body of the institution or its delegate (a senior member of the institution) is assured of compliance with the Scientific Use Code and any relevant legislation. These processes must at least include establishing one or more AECs directly responsible to the governing body of the institution or its delegate. Where there is little use of animals for scientific purposes, institutions may access an external AEC or establish an AEC with another institution.
Before using animals, each investigator or teacher must ensure they are registered with Biosecurity Queensland and have AEC approval for the particular activity/project.
- Roles and responsibilities of AECs
- Membership of AECs
- Terms of reference and operating procedures for AECs
- Establishing an AEC