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AMREP Animal Ethics Committee

All proposed animal use, whether for research or teaching, must be approved by a properly constituted Animal Ethics Committee before commencement.

The Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct Animal Ethics Committee (AMREP AEC) reviews applications to use animals for scientific purposes from investigators from the AMREP licence holders (Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Monash University Central Clinical School, Burnet Institute, The Alfred Hospital). The AMREP AEC reports to the institutions via the AMREP Governance and Policy (GAP) Committee.

The AMREP AEC ensures that the care and use of animals at AMREP complies with the Victorian Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 2013. The Code of Practice encompasses all aspects of the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, and provides guidelines for the humane conduct of scientific activities.

Code of Conduct
All experimental procedures involving animals must be conducted in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Scientific Procedures using Animals under AMREP licences

The Procedures for Responding to Non-Compliance with the Australian Code, Legislation or Animal Ethics Committee Decisions (PDF) document provides a framework for the AMREP Animal Ethics Committees to investigate alleged non-compliance and to act on the findings of the investigation based on the degree of non-compliance identified in accordance with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Complaints, Concerns or Grievances
Any person with a concern regarding the use of animals at AMREP should refer to the Procedures for Complaints, Concerns and Grievances Regarding the Use of Animals (PDF) document which outlines the procedures to address the following:

1. Concerns or complaints regarding the use of animals
2. Disputes regarding decisions of the Animal Ethics Committee
3. Disagreements between Animal Ethics Committee members
4. Disagreements between the Animal Ethics Committee and the institution/s