This website has been developed by the Animal Research Review Panel and NSW Department of Primary Industries - Animal Welfare Branch. It aims to assist researchers, teachers and members of Animal Ethics Committees to access information about the operation of the Animal Research Act 1985, Animal Research Regulation 2010 and The Code of Practice in New South Wales.
In addition to specific information about this legislation, including relevant policies and guidelines, this site provides general information about legislation in other states and countries and links to many sites from which useful, general information promoting the humane care and use of animals for scientific purposes can be sourced.
The Animal Research Act covers the use of animals for a range of purposes including their use in research, teaching, product testing, field trials, diagnosis of disease, production of biological products and environmental studies. ‘Animals’ include all live non-human vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) and includes laboratory animals, farm livestock and wildlife.
Statistics on the use of animals in research in NSW in 2013 are due to be submitted by 31 March 2014 via Form L.
The Panel has a series of policies / guidelines related to the operation of accredited animal research establishments.
Presentations from the 2013 meeting for Animal Ethics Committees and researchers are available for download.
The Panel has revised its policy on the use of restricted drugs and the conduct of restricted acts of veterinary science in animal research.
The Panel's 2012/13 annual report contains details of the Panel's activities in the 2012/13 reporting year.
The Minister has appointed members to the Panel for the term to September 2016.
A revised version has been published of the Animal Research Review Panel Policy 5 on annual reporting by AECs to Accredited Animal Research Establishments.
The Schools Animal Ethics Committee has developed an engaging educational resource for teachers and students on keeping reptiles in schools.