This website has been developed by the Animal Research Review Panel and NSW Department of Primary Industries - Animal Welfare Unit. 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.
Includes animal housing and care resources, and organisation information.
The principles of the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement provide a framework for ethical decision making in the use of animals in research and teaching.
Guideline document to assist in the successful rehoming of animals used in research and teaching.
15 species specific guidelines have been developed to provide best practice principles for rehoming of research animals and support ARRP’s Research Animal Rehoming Guideline.
ARRP in conjunction with NSW DPI, hosted a three-part webinar series to help educate and continue to raise awareness of the welfare of animals used in research.
Guideline 28 has been developed and includes important information regarding the ethical and welfare implications of smoke inhalation procedures, alternative methods and other considerations for AECs when considering research applications.
An Act to amend the Animal Research Act 1985 to make provision for the rehoming of cats and dogs used in animal research. (Assented to 25 November 2022).