The primary responsibility of the Animal Ethics Experimentation Committee (AEEC) is to ensure on behalf of the institution that all care and use of animals is conducted in compliance with the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes. The AEEC applies a set of principles, outlined in the Code, that governs the ethical conduct of work involving the use of animals for scientific purposes. The role of the AEEC is to ensure that the use of animals is justified and provides for the welfare of those animals and incorporates the principles of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.
The Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee (AEEC) meets on the third Tuesday of every month except December. Applications for a meeting are usually due at close of business on the last Wednesday of the preceding month.
All proposals and amendment applications must be submitted to the Ethics Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadlines in the table below.
If an ANU Vet is reviewing your application prior to submission, you must send it to them (email@example.com) one week before the submission deadline.
Submission Cut-off Dates 2020
|Vet Review Deadline
|26 Dec 2019
||12 noon Thurs 2 January
|28 Dec 2020
||12 noon Mon 4 January
ANU AEEC members are appointed as per the requirements of the NHMRC’s Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.
According to Section 2.2.4, institutions must ensure that membership of the AEC comprises at least one person from each of four categories of membership:
- 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.
- 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 AEC. This must include possession of a higher degree in research or equivalent experience. If the business of the AEC relates to the use of animals for teaching only, a teacher with substantial and recent experience may be appointed.
- 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 AEC, and must not fit the requirements of any other category.
Additional members to assist the AEC to function effectively:
- 2.2.5 Institutions should appoint to the AEC a person responsible for the routine care of animals within the institution.
- 2.2.6 Institutions may appoint additional members with skills and background of value to the AEC.
Access to expertise
- 2.2.7 The AEC may invite people with specific expertise to provide advice, as required.
Balance of membership
- 2.2.8 Categories C and D must together represent at least one-third of the AEC membership.