Standard operating procedures and animal wellbeing phenotype reports

Standard Operating Procedures

Appropriate use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as part of the animal ethics approval process may facilitate the preparation of applications by researchers and teachers.

Clause 2.2.33 of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes stipulates that SOPs should only be referred to in ACEC applications under the following conditions:

  • the SOP must have current approval from the ACEC
  • the SOP must include in its title the date of approval or last review by the ACEC
  • investigators named in the application must be competent to implement the SOP
  • any variation to an SOP must be described in the application and should be considered as a prompt for review of the SOP.

For further information please see the following:

If you are unable to access any of the SOPs please contact the Ethics Officer.


Animal Wellbeing Phenotype Reports

The standards for the welfare of genetically modified and cloned animals and the special ethical and welfare issues related to the creation and use of genetically modified and cloned animals are outlined in the Guidelines for the generation, breeding, care and use of genetically modified and cloned animals for scientific purposes issued by the NHMRC's Animal Welfare Committee in addition to the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Genetically modified and cloned animals may have specific welfare needs that will continue throughout their lifespan and into subsequent generations.

The Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) will consider projects for which the generation or use of genetically modified and cloned animals has been justified on the basis of the predicted benefits of the research and the impact on the wellbeing of the animals.

Researchers seeking to alter an animal's genetic make-up for research purposes are required to complete an Attachment I and an Animal Wellbeing Phenotype Report for consideration by the ACEC. Upon approval by the ACEC these Phenotype reports can be referenced in other applications to the ACEC by researchers who plan to use these genetically modified animals in their own projects.  Note:  A project specific Attachment I must be submitted with all applications using GM animals.

These reports are available for review on the following pages ordered by genetic background strain and 'nickname'.

For further information please see the following pages: