Animal research ethics
An animal is defined as “any live non-human vertebrate (that is, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, encompassing domestic animals, purpose-bred animals, livestock, wildlife) and cephalopods”. Research MUST comply with the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 8th Edition (2014).
Encapsulated in the Code is the need to consider the 3Rs (Russell and Burch 1959) in teaching and research:
- The replacement of animals with other methods
- The reduction in the number of animals used by good experimental design and use of statistics.
- The refinement of techniques used to reduce adverse impact.
The Animal Research Ethics Office is responsible for managing and facilitating the ethical review process for research involving animals.
All research on animals conducted on Curtin University campus, or by Curtin University staff or students must be approved by the Curtin Committee before it can commence. Non-compliance with this requirement represents research misconduct which will be investigated.
Research can only be conducted within the approved timelines. If your ethics approval has expired you cannot continue with your research. Non-compliance with this requirement represents research misconduct which will be investigated.
The Curtin AEC is constituted and operates in accordance with the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes including all updates. The AEC constitution and a list of the AEC members is also available on the website.
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