Code of practice

It is the responsibility of the investigator to ensure that all facets of animal care and use meet the requirements of the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes. This includes a responsibility to protect and promote the welfare of animals used.

The Code of Practice embodies the principles of:

  1. Reduction of animal use
  2. Replacement of animal use
  3. Refinement of animal use

These are known as the "3 Rs". It is important to consider these principles when designing and carrying out projects.

Requirements of the code

The Code requires that animal use in research must be:

  • valid
  • humane
  • justifiable
  • considerate

It also requires researchers to actively seek alternatives to the use of animals in research and to justify why the use of animals is essential for their project.

The Code describes the responsibilities of people who use or supply animals for research, the responsibilities of Animal Ethics Committees, and the responsibilities of accredited research establishments. The Code requires that the welfare of the research animals is always given consideration as a top priority.

All use of animals for scientific and education/teaching purposes in New South Wales must comply with the Code.