NHMRC acknowledges that the use of animals in research raises important ethical questions, and seeks to ensure that all animals used in research that it funds are used ethically and humanely.
NHMRC-funded research involving animals must be scientifically valid, must be ethically reviewed and approved by an Animal Ethics Committee, and must be conducted in accordance with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (the Code) and other relevant NHMRC animal welfare guidelines. These requirements also apply to any institution that receives NHMRC funding, as part of the funding agreement between the institution and NHMRC.
NHMRC-funded research must also comply with all relevant state and territory animal research or animal welfare legislation. Responsibility for compliance with this legislation rests with the states and territories. The Code is variously incorporated in all state and territory legislation.
- Processes to ensure the ethical and humane use of animals in NHMRC funded research
- NHMRC animal welfare guidelines