Animal Ethics CommitteeThe Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) has been established to consider proposals to conduct scientific or educational projects that involve animals. The DPIPWE AEC services DPIPWE Divisions and may, on request, assess applications to conduct animal research from external institutions, where there is considered to be significant public benefit from the research.
AEC approval is required under the Animal Welfare Act 1993 (the Act) and the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, 8th Edition 2013 (the Code).
The latest version of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (8th Edition, 2013) has now been released (see the link at the bottom of this page). In light of this, there will be upcoming revision to various AEC documentation and procedures, including amendments to the current AEC forms to correspond to the latest Code. Please familiarize yourself with the new Code and keep an eye out for upcoming AEC updates.
Please note, no hard copies of the code have been published, it is all accessible online. You can, however download/ print a copy from the NHRMC website.
Feedback was collected from investigators and the AEC during 2012 and the forms have consequently been updated to reflect the comments and suggestions received. Investigators are reminded to download the relevant form in every instance, rather than recycling previous, saved versions.
AEC Meeting Dates.
AEC Executive Officer
GPO Box 44
1 Franklin Wharf
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3162
Fax: 03 6233 0865
Department switchboard: 1300 368 550 (local call cost within Australia)
See also Animal Research for information on licensing conditions for institutions conducting animal research, including interstate and overseas institutions conducting animal research in Tasmania.
The Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (8th Edition, 2013) is available at www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/ea28
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