Researcher Responsibility under Approval for Animal Ethics

Once you have gained approval for your research, your Animal Research Authority will outline your obligations to the Animal Care and Ethics Committee. These are summarised here:

Notify when there is a Change of Protocol

Researchers are required to submit a Change of Protocol Application for any minor amendments to your currently approved Research. (Examples of this are changes to the numbers of animals previously approved, the types of species, the locations of Research and Research personnel. The ACEC Executive will consider these outside of the meetings. You will receive notification within 10 working days. Download the ACEC Change of Protocol.

Report Annually on Progress, Applying for Renewal or Advising the Completion of Research

Researchers are required to report annually on the progress of their projects, including animal use each calendar year in March and May respectively. The Ethics Office will send out requests for these reports in December each year. This will also ensure research is compliant with the Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes ("the Code") and the approval and determine if research can continue. Furthermore, researchers can apply for a renewal of their Animal Research Authority prior to its expiry date, if required or advise the Committee as soon as they have completed or discontinued their research. Download the ACEC Return on Animal Use Form

Report Unexpected Adverse Events

Researchers are required to immediately notify the ACEC of an Unexpected Adverse Event. Under the Code this is defined as: "Any event that has a negative impact on the wellbeing of an animal, and was not anticipated as part of the research, even after approval of the activity".

Examples of unexpected Adverse Events include (but are not limited to):

  • Death of animal, or group of animals, that was not expected (eg. During or after a procedure or treatment);
  • Adverse effects following procedure or treatment (not expected);
  • Adverse effect in larger number of animals than predicted during planning of project or activity (this is based on the actual numbers used - not what was approved);
  • Greater level of pain or distress than predicted;
  • Power failure, inclement weather events, emergency situations or other factors external to the project or activity that had a negative impact on animal welfare.
  • Download the ACEC Unexpected Adverse Event report on ARA.