Applying for Animal Ethics Approval

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The NSW Animal Reseach Act (1985) requires that all research (funded or unfunded) and teaching that uses animals - whether dead or alive - within UNSW and all affiliated teaching hospitals with the exception of St Vincent's Hospital and Garvan Institute of Medical Research must receive prior approval from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), on the recommendation of the UNSW Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC), in accordance with the information in the table below.
As no UNSW teaching hospital has its own ACEC, with the exception of St Vincent's Hospital, this service is currently provided by UNSW ACEC.

Applying

Applicant Application Process Approval Process

UNSW paid staff, research students, and staff holding honorary appointments with UNSW at any teaching hospital or affiliated research institution except St  Vincent's Hospital and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

You are required to adhere to UNSW research safety practices.

 

 

Applications for Ethics approval are to be made through Animal Ethics Online.

For assistance see Animal Ethics Online Support.

Read further Advice to Applicants

Read advice for Completing your ACEC Application

If you are using gene technology you need to apply for approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Your online application will be referred to the Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) for approval. The committee meets monthly. Submission deadlines and meeting dates are listed in the ACEC page.

Researchers will be advised via the online process when approval is granted. Where required, the Research Ethics and Compliance Support (RECS) unit will advise the Grants Management Office that ethics approval has been granted.

UNSW paid staff, research students and staff holding honorary appointments with UNSW at St Vincent's Hospital and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Submit research and teaching applications involving animals which are to be carried out at St Vincent's Hospital or the Garvan Institute of Medical Research directly to the Garvan Institute Ethics Committee.

Ethics Officer at the Garvan Institute will forward a copy of the application and relevant correspondence to the Research Ethics and Compliance (RECS) unit. UNSW ACEC will record approval.


Applying for Modification

UNSW ACEC Modification Process

Modification requests are initially reviewed out–of–session by the spokesperson before being forwarded to the ACEC Executive, and subsequently the ACEC Chair for review. Recommendation for approval is then forwarded to the DVCR for final sign off, if appropriate. The final decision of the Chair and Executive is ratified by the ACEC at the next scheduled meeting.

In accordance with Section 2.2.23 of the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (8th Edition 2013), the ACEC can consider minor amendments to approved projects or activities. Such amendments, termed "Modifications" in the online system, can take the form of "Personnel" or "Application" modifications.

Personnel modifications apply when the CI wishes to add new participant(s) to an approved project. These are considered for approval by the Presiding Member (UNSW ACEC Chair).

Application modifications apply when the CI wishes to request changes to the original approved experimental procedures and/or animal numbers. The ACEC Executive will consider minor amendments to procedures and animal numbers, where the proposed change is not likely to cause harm to the animals, including pain and distress. All requests for minor amendments will be considered on an individual basis, but requests for major deviations from the original protocol are unlikely to be approved and the researcher will be asked to submit a new application.

Modifications should not deviate from the originally proposed aims, procedures or animal numbers. The increase in animal numbers should be no more than 10% of those originally approved; changes greater than 10% may be considered on a case by case basis. Justification must be provided for all modification requests in the appropriate section of the modification online form.

Request for an Extension to a project is discouraged by UNSW ACEC. A minor extension for an approved project may be considered by the ACEC Executive. Such requests for project extensions will be considered on an individual basis and may only be granted for a short time (possibly up to 6 weeks) under the following circumstances: (1) to allow the researcher sufficient time to submit a new application to the next ACEC meeting for continuation of the project; or (2) in the situation where the researcher does not plan to submit a new application to continue the project, to allow the completion of an ongoing animal experiment where no additional animals will be recruited into the study.

Modifications should be applied for using Animal Ethics Online

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