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Public consultation on proposed revisions to the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, 7th Edition (2004)

Closed on Friday, 2 December 2011, 05:00pm (AEDST). Submissions are no longer being accepted.

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.

Consultation documents
Further information: 

This Consultation Pack includes the following documents

  • Invitation from the NHMRC CEO to make a submission
  • Submission form to accompany mail or email submissions
  • Public guide
  • Technical Discussion Paper endorsed by NHMRC Council
  • Mapping of structure - Current 2004 version and Public Consultation Draft
  • Questions and Answers
  • Proposed revisions - Public Consultation Draft Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
Closure date

Please note the Timezone is AEDST.

Closes on: 
Friday, 2 December 2011 - 5:00pm
Extension: 
Please note: If you require an extension to this public consultation you will need to contact the project officer using the contact details at the bottom of this page. However, in order for NHMRC to extend the date of a submission you will need to have created an account and made a submission.
Contact for further information

Further information and hard copies of the draft documents and forms can be obtained by contacting the Health and Research Ethics Section.

E: ethics@nhmrc.gov.au
T: (02) 6217 9070
F: (02) 6217 9175

Public submissions

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