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.
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.
A report has been published on the use of animals in research for the 2017 year.
The Animal Research Review Panel has revised its policy on the criteria it uses for the assessment of membership of Animal Ethics Committees.