The Animal Care and Ethics Committee is responsible for the consideration of ethical and welfare aspects as well as the scientific or educational value of the use of animals in research and training

Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC)

The Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) reports to Council, the governing body of the University of Newcastle and is responsible for the consideration of ethical and welfare aspects as well as the scientific or educational value of the use of animals for research and teaching purposes.

Its membership includes the following categories:

  • Category A: Veterinarians
  • Category B: Researchers experienced with the use of animals for scientific or teaching purposes
  • Category C: Members who are members of or are nominated by an animal welfare organisation
  • Category D: Independent members who are not associated with animal-based research and not associated with the institution except under defined circumstances

The Terms of Reference and the ACEC Constitution (PDF 31.3 KB) must be in accordance with the NSW Animal Research legislation.

The NSW Animal Research legislation directs the ACEC to monitor all aspects of the care and use of animals for research or teaching purposes and to carry out regular inspections of work areas, as well as breeding and holding areas. Inspections are performed by both members of the Committee and the Animal Welfare Officer.

To ensure consistency of reporting, standard report formats are used during regular inspections of animal breeding and research facilities by the Committee.