The following legislation applies to the use of animals for scientific purposes and must be complied with by all JCU staff.
These documents do the following in relation to using animals for scientific purposes:
The Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes is a document compiled through extensive public consultation by the NHMRC, ARC, CSIRO, Universities Australia and other organisations who have a stake in scientific animal use. The Code does the following:
Organisations who receive funding from the ARC or NHMRC are required to comply with all aspects of the Code. When discrepancies arise between the Code and the Legislation the university applies whichever requirements are more stringent in order to comply with both documents. One example of a discrepancy is the requirement for AEC approval for aquatic camera survey. The legislation says that this is exempt as it’s unlikely the animal will perceive its use in this sort of project, however, the Code says that AEC approval is required for ALL scientific activities and because this is a scientific activity the university applies the higher test in its policy.
It’s compulsory to comply with the policies and procedures of JCU. These documents have been written to comply with the various legislation, codes of practice and standards and so translate these requirements into local summaries applicable to JCU.
JCU Guidelines are developed to inform researchers on acceptable and ethical ways to carry out various activities related to animal research and ethics. They are also used by the AEC as a guide to what is considered acceptable when they are reviewing AEC applications. It is not mandatory to follow a guidelines, but if you are using a method that is outside the guidelines, it needs to be explained in detail with reasons provided for why it is being used as an alternative.