The University of Sydney is strongly committed to supporting the ethical conduct of people who work with animals for scientific research purposes.
The University has two Animal Ethics Committees whose primary role is to protect the welfare of animals used in research and that their use is justified and scientifically worthwhile.
Prior to any research on animals being undertaken, an application must be submitted, reviewed and approved by an Animal Ethics Committee (AEC), as a requirement of the NSW Animal Research Act 1985.
All research at the University is conducted in line with the guidelines set out in the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition (2013).
Each AEC is composed of approximately 14 people from these four categories:
Download the Animal Ethics Committee Terms of Reference.
Complaints may relate to:
Research ethics non-compliance occurs when an investigator does not comply with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th Edition (2013), or the conditions of their AEC approval.
This may include:
To report a concern or raise an issue of non-compliance relating to animal ethics please contact:
The Manager of Ethics Administration
+61 2 8627 8174