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The Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (Code of Practice) aims to ensure the ethical and humane care and use of animals for scientific purposes.
The Code of Practice has been in place since 1969 and has been revised periodically since that time. The current edition (7th edition, 2004) covers all aspects of the care and use of animals for scientific purposes in medicine, biology, agriculture, veterinary and other animal sciences, along with industry and teaching. It provides an ethical framework and guiding principles of good conduct, to inform the process of ethical review and provide guidance for investigators, teachers, institutions, Animal Ethics Committees (AECs) and all people involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.
The types of animals currently protected by the Code of Practice are all live non-human vertebrates and higher order invertebrates such as octopus and squid.
The current edition of the Code of Practice was revised by NHMRC and endorsed by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Universities Australia (UA), and the Australian Research Council (ARC).
All States and Territories have variously incorporated the Code of Practice into their animal welfare or animal research legislation.