The guidelines have been produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC's) Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) as introductory material to assist investigators, Animal Ethics Committees (AECs), animal technicians and the broader community when they consider research projects involving the generation and use of genetically modified and cloned animals of all species. These include laboratory, agricultural, companion animals and wildlife developed and used in research.
They set down standards for the welfare of genetically modified and cloned animals. In particular they highlight the special ethical and welfare issues related to the creation and use of genetically modified and cloned animals.
The guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (the Code) and the National Framework for the Development of Ethical Principles in Gene Technology.