In order to be compliant with ethics approval and ensure ongoing approval of a research study, all existing applications must:
- Submit an annual progress report on the anniversary of the ethics approval (your project will be approved for an additional 12 months)
- Submit an annual animal use report
- Submit an amendment form when there is a change in protocol and/or number of animals
- Submit a form to change or add an investigator
- Submit a completion report on completion of the research
Log into InfoEd to submit animal use, annual and completion reports, make changes to the project (through an amendment request) and submit information on reportable events.
Annual Progress Report
As a condition of an approval and in order for the approved animal ethics project to continue each year, the researchers must submit an annual progress report to the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC).
Each year during the life of a project on the anniversary of the animal ethics approval, the Chief Investigator (CI) will submit the completed Annual Progress Report to the Curtin Ethics Office. In this report the AEC will be advised on:
- What progress has been made to date and whether the project is meeting its aims;
- Any issues that may have interfered with progress of the project;
- How many animals have been used; and
- Whether the well-being of the animals is consistent with that anticipated in the proposal.
Annual Animal Use Report
The report must be submitted each calendar year. The Chief Investigators will report on the number of animals used for the 12 months period ending on the 31st of December. This is a legislative government requirement that applies to all registered institutions and investigators working for these institutions that have used animals during the year (applies to ongoing and completed projects within WA, interstate and overseas).
The deadline for submitting the report is 20th February the following year.
If your study is changed in any way you must submit an amendment request. Amendments to the protocol must not be acted on until approval has been given by the Animal Research Office.
Examples of protocol amendments are:
- Change in the primary hypothesis,
- Change to the design of the study,
- Additional outcomes or exposures,
- Change in definition to the study population (increased or decreased numbers, change in species etc.),
- Extension of time periods,
- Additional analysis (statistical or biological) that are not part of the main findings,
- Any other deviation from the originally approved study protocol.
Change or addition of investigator
All Curtin staff and student must be approved by the AEC prior to work with animals.
A completion report must be submitted as soon as practicable upon completion of the project.