24 January 2024

RAO Alert - Update: Statements on the forced swim test and smoke inhalation procedures in rodent models

Update: Statements on the forced swim test and smoke inhalation procedures in rodent models

NHMRC wishes to clarify the application of the Statements on the forced swim test and smoke inhalation procedures in rodent models to current NHMRC-funded research and current applications for NHMRC funding. The Statements were published on Wednesday 13 December 2023.

Both Statements refer to ‘New projects’ and ‘Current projects’.

For the purposes of each Statement, these terms are defined as follows:

‘New project’ means ‘any application submitted under NHMRC Grant Opportunity Guidelines issued on or after Monday 1 January 2024’.

An application submitted under NHMRC Grant Opportunity Guidelines issued prior to Monday 1 January 2024 will not be regarded as a ‘new project’. However, if such an application is successful, NHMRC will regard the project as a ‘current project’ for the purposes of the Statement.

‘Current project’ means ‘any NHMRC-funded project that is active after the date of publication of the Statement, and was submitted under  NHMRC Grant Opportunity Guidelines issued prior to Monday 1 January 2024.’

Note these definitions apply to NHMRC research grants and are independent of when applications are submitted to, or approved by an Animal Ethics Committee.

RAOs are asked to please confirm details of any current applications for NHMRC funding that involve the use of techniques covered by the Statement via animal-ethics@nhmrc.gov.au as soon as possible (and no later than Wednesday 31 January 2024).

For further information or assistance, please contact animal-ethics@nhmrc.gov.au.

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