ACEC-R1: Completion of Specific Questions
Animal Ethics Committee: Guidance for Completion of Specific Questions
13. Aim of the project in lay terms
A brief description of the aims and significance of the project would usually be adequate. There needs to be a balance between brevity and completeness but remember the description should be designed for a lay audience (people with no scientific background).
15-16. Reasons for animal use
Alternatives to using animals must be investigated and used wherever possible. The AEC must be informed of alternatives that exist and why these cannot be used.
19-20. Number of animals
It should be explained clearly why the number of animals has been chosen. Too few animals (resulting in statistically insignificant data) may be as much of a problem as too many animals (in terms of wastage of the use of animals).
21. Sequence of events
It is important to present this section so that it is clear what is happening to animals from the beginning to the end of the project and over what time sequence. Flow charts and other diagrams are often helpful. Where several groups of animals receive different treatments, listing them in tabular form may assist.
It is very important that you provide all the relevant information and answer the questions as fully as possible. The CHECKLIST that accompanies the form will help you in this.
The level of monitoring required will vary according to the type of research and animals used. Some of this information may have already been provided in answer to the question on impact but it should be repeated for the assistance of the committee. Details should include methods used and frequency of monitoring.
27-32. Animal housing and management
Standards of animal housing and management can have a significant effect on animal well-being and thus on experimental results. It is therefore important that a full description of housing is provided.
Under the legislation, non-exempt animals must be obtained from a licensed animal supplier. Issues such as capture of wild animals or obtaining animals from remote sources that will necessitate prolonged transport will also need to be considered by the committee and the answer should be as complete as possible.
39. Technical competence
Describe if experience is relevant to the species to be used as well as type and length (years) of experience.
Acknowledgements: This Application Form is based on a model form provided by the Animal Research Review Panel.
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