Animal Ethics

The NSLHD Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) considers the ethical acceptability of all research protocols involving animals conducted under the jurisdiction of Northern Sydney Local Health District.

The AEC operates in accordance with the NSW Animal Research Act (1985), Animal Research Regulation (2010) and the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (8th Edition 2013).

If you intend to conduct research at the Kearns Facility, Kolling Institute, your new submission or amendment MUST be discussed with the Animal House Manager at least two weeks prior to the meeting closing dates (per the submission deadlines). 

Click here for AEC submission deadlines and meeting dates.


Standard Forms for AEC Submissions:

Please note the use of these forms is mandatory for all submissions to the Committee.

​AEC New Research Application Form​​​​
External​ Users Application Form​ (this must be submitted with the application form for studies with investigators not employed by University of Sydney or NSLHD)
AEC Monitoring Sheet Sample (note that this MUST be tailored to your project and not simply copied over to your application form)           
Application form​ for new teaching projects and Teaching Authority​
AEC ​Teaching Course Participant Information Sheet
AEC Teaching Enrolled Course Participant Register
AEC Application form for production of antibodies
AEC Amendment to Approved Study Form
AEC Change of Personnel Form
AEC Animal Projects Annual p​rogress report (or final report) form
AEC Adverse or Unexpected Event Report form

AEC Drug Administration Monitoring Sheet​​​​​​  


Information regarding Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), developed by the Kearns Facility and endorsed by the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC), are available. Researchers undertaking work in the Kearns Facility may simply refer to the SOPs in their applications to the AEC, rather than describing standard procedures in detail. It is hoped that this will increase consistency in applications, reduce queries, and make it easier for researchers to complete their submissions to the AEC.
If Kearns Facility Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are being used for any procedures undertaken as part of an animal project it is sufficient to state this in the application for, for example:
"IP injections will be carried out as per Kearns Facility SOP #4,
CO2 euthanasia will be conducted as per Kearns Facility SOP #2"
Where there is ANY deviation from the SOPs for any standard procedures, this must be clearly described in the application form, and the rationale for not adhering to the SOP must be provided.
The SOPs are available on request from the Kearns Facility.

Guidance for submitting your application - Ethical Principles for Animal Research


Please contact the Research Office, if you require further information regarding a submission to the AEC.