Existence of the AEC
Animal Ethics Committees (AECs) oversee the use of animals in research and teaching. Their role includes approving and monitoring the use and supply of animals for these purposes. No animal research or teaching may be carried out without the approval of the responsible AEC. AECs must also ensure that all activities they supervise comply with the animal research legislation, including the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes. As part of their monitoring role, AECs carry out inspections of animals and facilities.
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