Animal Research and Ethics Committee (AREC)
For all research involving animals, ethical review is required and you must submit a full application to the AREC for approval. The research must not commence before ethical approval has been granted.
Failure to conduct research according to an AREC-approved study protocol risks researchers’ legal indemnity, right to publication, opportunity to seek future funding, and may constitute a breach of the 'Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research' (the Code) or research misconduct as defined by the Code.
Please refer to the general information document for detailed information and/or AREC procedures on: role and membership of the AREC; application processes; fieldwork (field licences); consideration and review of applications; notification of decisions; AREC fees; accessing standard operating procedures; breeding applications; annual reporting; protocol amendments and modifications; final reporting; adverse incidents; breach of protocol; withdrawal or suspension of approval; appealing decsions of the AREC; conflicts of interest; and AREC meeting record keeping.
Applications to the AREC
To submit an application, download and complete the appropriate forms (see table below).
As part of the move towards electronic submission of research applications, you will need to submit an electronic copy of all documentation (to firstname.lastname@example.org), plus one original signed application, plus the appropriate copies (see below for number of copies required). Original and copies should be delivered to:
Research Ethics Office
c/o Level 3, 2 St Andrews Place
East Melbourne VIC 3002
P: 03 9929 8525
Before your submission, please note the following requirements.
The Principal Investigator (PI) must be an experienced researcher who is suitably qualified and able to take responsibility for all aspects of the proposed study (research higher degree students may not be a PI on an ethics application)
The PI must sign all correspondence
Applications must be complete: incomplete applications will be returned to the PI
All documentation is to be collated, so that each item of supporting documentation is attached to each copy of the application form
Each copy should be double-sided and stapled/clipped together
Applications must be submitted by the closing date (according to meeting schedule, see top right of this page)
Researchers are encouraged to attend the committee meeting to speak to their application
An invitation is sent to the PI advising when their application will be considered
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