ACEC Committee Membership

The Code requires that all research proposals involving animal participants be reviewed and approved by an ACEC. The Code sets out the requirements for the composition of an ACEC, stipulating that an ACEC should consist of no less than four members with specific qualifications and expertise.

In undertaking this role, the ACEC is guided by relevant standards. Standards include those articulated in the Code. Each member is responsible for deciding whether a proposal meets the relevant standards and requirements to ensure it is ethically acceptable. Committee members are not advocates.

Membership CategoryRole

Presiding Officer

The Presiding Officer of the Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) is responsible for the leadership and supervision of the ACEC, to ensure on behalf of the University, all research activities involving animals are ethically acceptable and in accordance with relevant standards and guidelines as appointed by the DVC-RDI.  The Presiding Officer may be appointed in addition to Category A to D members.

Deputy Presiding Officer

Suitable experience, as appointed by the DVC-RDI. This role supports the Presiding Officer, acting in their absence.

Category A (Veterinarian)

A person with qualifications with veterinary science that are recognised for registration as a veterinary surgeon in Australia, and with experience relevant to the institution's activities or the ability to acquire relevant knowledge.

Category B (Researcher)

A suitably qualified person with substantial and recent experience in the use of animals for scientific purposes relevant to the institution and the business of the ACEC. This must include possession of a higher degree in research or equivalent experience. If the business of the ACEC relates to the use of animals for teaching only, a teacher with substantial and recent experience may be appointed

Category C (Animal Welfare)

A person with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals, who is not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution, and who is not currently involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Veterinarians with specific animal welfare interest and experience may meet the requirements of this category. While not representing an animal welfare organisation, the person should, where possible, be selected on the basis of active membership of, and endorsement by, such an organisation.

Category D (Lay Person)

A person not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution and who has never been involved in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities, either in their employment or beyond their undergraduate education. Category D members should be viewed by the wider community as bringing a completely

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