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.
The Panel annual reports contain information on the animal research legislation in NSW and the Panel's activities.
The 8th Edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes is available from the NHMRC website.
The Panel has a series of policies / guidelines related to the operation of accredited animal research establishments.
The Animal Research Review Panel has developed a set of templates to assist Animal Ethics Committees collecting information for annual and final project reports and unexpected adverse event reporting as required under the 8th Edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Additionally, a project amendment application template is included. It is anticipated that individual institutions and AECs, if they choose to use the templates, will modify them to suit their requirements.
The Animal Research Review Panel has developed a guideline to assist Animal Ethics Committees and investigators in areas where there is commonly confusion about how to comply with the NSW legislation and the 8th Edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.
Completion of Form L for information on animal use for 2016 is due to be submitted to NSW Department of Primary Industries by 31 March 2017.