Animal care and ethics
As an institution involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, the University of Technology Sydney has established an Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) in accordance with the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (8th Edition 2013), the NSW Animal Research Act (1985) and Regulations (2010).
All activities relating to the care and use of animals, conducted by UTS staff or students must receive ethical approval from the UTS ACEC before proceeding.
The ACEC approves, monitors and regulates the use of animals in research and teaching carried out at the University, ensuring that all research involving animals is conducted in accordance with the relevant legislation
Policies and guidelines
Animal ethics legislation
- Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition (2013)
- NSW Animal Research Act 1985
- Animal Research Regulation 2010
- Guidelines to promote the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes: The assessment and alleviation of pain and distress in research animals (2008)
- Resources: Genetically modified and cloned animals for scientific purposes
- Draft revised Guidelines on Monoclonal Antibody Production
- A Guide to the use of Australian Native Mammals in Biomedical Research (2014)
UTS policies and guidelines
The role of the Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) is to ensure that the use of animals is justified, provides for the welfare of those animals and incorporates the principles of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement (the 3Rs).
The ACEC is comprised of at least one person from each of four categories of membership (2.2.4):
- Category A — a person with qualifications in veterinary science that are recognised for registration as a veterinary surgeon in Australia, and with experience relevant to the institution’s activities or the ability to acquire relevant knowledge. (Currently 3)
- Category B — a suitably qualified person with substantial and recent experience in the use of animals for scientific purposes relevant to the institution and the business of the ACEC. This must include possession of a higher degree in research or equivalent experience. If the business of the ACEC relates to the use of animals for teaching only, a teacher with substantial and recent experience may be appointed. Any UTS staff member who engages in animal research and who meets the criteria for Category B membership must be prepared to serve one or more terms on the ACEC as a Category B member.
- Category C — a person with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals, who is not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution, and who is not currently involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Veterinarians with specific animal welfare interest and experience may meet the requirements of this category. While not representing an animal welfare organisation, the person should, where possible, be selected on the basis of active membership of, and endorsement by, such an organisation.
- Category D — a person not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution and who has never been involved in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities, either in their employment or beyond their undergraduate education. Category D members should be viewed by the wider community as bringing a completely independent view to the ACEC, and must not fit the requirements of any other category.
Terms of reference
UTS staff and students
UTS staff and research students can view the Animal Care and Ethics Committee application submission dates on Staff Connect (login required).