Determine if you require animal ethics approval at Animal Research Ethics at UNSW.
Applications must be submitted and validated by 5pm on the closing date. Applications are to be submitted via Animal Ethics Online.
|Closing Date||Meeting Date|
|Thursday, 17 January 2019||Friday, 01 February 2019|
|Thursday, 14 February 2019||Friday, 01 March 2019|
|Thursday, 21 March 2019||Friday, 05 April 2019|
|Thursday, 18 April 2019||Friday, 03 May 2019|
|Thursday, 23 May 2019||Friday, 07 June 2019|
|Thursday, 20 June 2019||Friday, 05 July 2019|
|Thursday, 18 July 2019||Friday, 02 August 2019|
|Thursday, 22 August 2019||Friday, 06 September 2019|
|Thursday, 19 September 2019||Friday, 04 October 2019|
|Thursday, 17 October 2019||Friday, 01 November 2019|
|Thursday, 21 November 2019||Friday, 06 December 2019|
Under the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 8th edition 2013 (the Code), investigators must undertake education, training and competency assessment. A requirement to be listed on an animal ethics application is the successful completion of a recognised animal care and ethics course. Further information regarding courses can be found at UNSW Animal Care and Ethics Training.
Research is governed by a range of legislative and other requirements which may not always be obvious or known. Animal research may also require approval from the Gene Technology Safety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, NSW Ministry of Health, and National Parks and Wildlife Services, to name a few. A summarised list of commonly regulatory compliance requirements associated with animal research can be found here.
All laboratory animal research requires pre-approval from animal facility management prior to submitting to the ACEC.
Projects where animals are housed in a BRC facility require a completed BRC Pre-Approval form attached to the application.
Clause 2.5.15(i) of the Code states that the Animal Facility Manager must apply for and obtain written approval from the ACEC for all activities associated with the care and management of animals in the facility. The Animal Research Facility Procedural Document Template has been devised to provide guidance to Facility Managers in completing this task.
Clause 2.6.6 of the Code states “Arrangements between institutions should be as a formal agreement. Institutions should avoid unnecessary duplication of processes”, and Clause 2.6.8 states “Investigators must notify the AEC in writing if they are involved in collaborative studies using animals at another institution, or if they are named in an application to the AEC of another institution.”
At present, UNSW Sydney has in place a Collaborative Animal Research Agreement with the following research institutions:
- Australian National University (ANU)
- Charles Sturt University (CSU)
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
- Macquarie University (MQ)
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
- South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
- Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), including the ANZAC Research Insitute, Centenary Insitute, Heart Research Institute, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
- University of Canberra (UC)
- University of Melbourne (UM)
- University of Newcastle (UON)
- University of Sydney (USYD)
- University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
- Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), including Westmead Institute of Medical Research
- Western Sydney University (WSU)
If you are collaborating with an Australian research institution not listed above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that a formal agreement can be arranged.
UNSW has an affiliation agreement in place where animal research conducted at the following research institutions are reviewed by the UNSW Animal Care and Ethics Committee:
- Children's Cancer Institute (CCI)
- Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research (Ingham Institute)
- Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)
- South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), including St George Hospital
- South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD), including Liverpool Hospital
UNSW has an affiliation agreement in place where animal research conducted at the following research institutions are reviewed by the Garvan/St Vincent's Animal Ethics Committee:
- Garvan Institute of Medical Research
- St Vincent's Hospital
- Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
*If collaborative animal research occurs where an animal is brought from a collaborating institution to UNSW, permission must first be sought from the relevant animal facility manager. This may include details of proposed timelines, health screen reports, transport, husbandry practices from the collaborator (cage type, stocking density, food, water, bedding, etc).
In Australia, animal research is governed by state-based legislation. UNSW is currently accredited in the following states & territory:
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
If you intend to conduct animal research in a state or territory not listed above, please contact email@example.com so that accreditation can be arranged.
Projects involving staff or students of UNSW or affiliated institutes (in a capacity other than Chief Investigator) approved by an external Australian-accredited animal ethics committee are to be submitted in Animal Ethics Online via the Externally Approved Application function.
The Code states that animal research projects conducted overseas:
- Complies with the governing principles of the Code, provided that such compliance does not breach relevant local legislation
- Is not conducted in other countries as a mechanism of avoiding compliance with the Code
The UNSW Animal Research Ethics Procedure requires that ‘Where a research project involving animals is to be conducted overseas and the person responsible is a UNSW researcher or employee of an affiliated centre or institute, UNSW ACEC review is required’. To facilitate this review, UNSW has established a process where relevant animal ethics documents approved overseas are provided to the UNSW ACEC for ratification.
Documents that may be required for the ratification process include, but are not limited to, a statement indicating why the research will be conducted overseas, attesting that it is not a means to avoid compliance with the Code, and that the project complies with the
governing principles of the Code. The ACEC also requires assurance that animal facilities meet the standards expected of UNSW animal facilities. Such documents are to be submitted in Animal Ethics Online via the Externally Approved Application function.
UNSW reserves the right to request that the requirements of the Code and local compliance are met prior to the commencement of the any animal research project conducted overseas on behalf of UNSW or an affiliated centre or institute. Any issues relating to legal or other processes are resolved as set out in the Code.
UNSW is accredited with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) under Animal Welfare Assurance number F16-00070 (A5097-01) (expiry date 31 January 2023). firstname.lastname@example.org should be informed of any animal research funded by the Public Health Service (PHS) and/or the US Government before this identification number is used in correspondence to such agencies.
RECS offers a pre-review service of animal ethics applications. Researchers wishing take up this service should email a word version of their application and any associated documents to email@example.com at least one week before the submission deadline.