Closed on Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 05:00pm (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.
The National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is proposing to include a chapter on xenotransplantation in Section 3 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (the National Statement).
The National Statement provides guidelines for researchers, Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and others conducting ethical review of research, and emphasises institutions’ responsibilities for the quality, safety and ethical acceptability of research that they sponsor or permit under their auspices.
The draft chapter provides advice for both researchers and HRECs, outlining institutional and researcher responsibilities and highlighting ethical considerations associated with animal-to-human xenotransplantation trials.
The Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) is overseeing the development of the guidelines, with the advice of the Xenotransplantation Working Committee.
Further information about the development of the draft public consultation document is available from the NHMRC’s website.
Scope of the public consultation
Comments are invited on the content of the draft Chapter 3.6: Xenotransplantation.
In particular, feedback is sought on whether the draft chapter:
- provides sufficient guidance to address the key ethical issues in relation to xenotransplantation research
- provides sufficient information regarding the scope of the document
- is presented and written in a manner that is appropriate for the target audience (researchers, HRECs).
Any research involving animals must comply with the Australian Code for the care of animals for scientific purposes 2013 (the Code). Submissions regarding issues covered by the Code are outside the scope of this review.