Animal research guidelines
The Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee (AAEC) was established in 1989 and conforms to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (Code of Practice). The Code of Practice remains the paramount code under which all Australian animal research must be conducted.
All researchers planning to carry out any investigation in the Australian Antarctic program that involves vertebrate animals (including fish), or cephalopods such as octopus or squid, must obtain ethics approval from the AAEC.
All researchers must read and familiarise themselves with the NHMRC Code of Practice before commencing their application.