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Animal Ethics Review

 
Ethics Office Submission

All items involving animals for scientific purposes must be submitted to the Ethics Office for processing. 

The Ethics Office will review the item to ensure key information is contained, and any supporting documents have been attached. The item will be referred to the appropriate review pathway, and you will receive an email confirming the review pathway.

All new submissions must be reviewed by the USQ AEC; this can include (not limited);

  • Research applications 
  • Teaching applications
  • Major amendment requests
  • Standard Operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Milestone reports 

Refer to the USQ AEC meeting dates for information on submission timelines. 

***Please note the USQ AEC Executive review pathway will be shut from Monday 29 November 2021 until Tuesday 1 February 2022***

The USQ AEC has established a USQ AEC Executive, as per the Code; the USQ AEC has delegated for the Executive to review minor amendments. The USQ AEC  may also delegate other items to be reviewed by the USQ AEC Executive. 

For example, an application that receives a "Subject to modifications" outcome at a USQ AEC meeting. The USQ AEC will generally delegate the USQ AEC Executive to review and approve the revised submission. 

The USQ AEC Chair may provide review and advice outside of a USQ AEC meeting. The USQ AEC may also delegate items for the USQ AEC Chair to review.

An item reviewed by the USQ AEC will receive one of the following outcomes:

  • Approved – with standard conditions
  • Approved – with standard and additional conditions
  • Subject to modifications (previously "Conditional approval") – this outcome includes written feedback for addressing and/or defending. The revised application and response to feedback will generally be reviewed by the USQ AEC Executive or USQ AEC Chair. 
  • Not approved (Re-submission permitted) – this outcome includes written feedback for addressing and/or defending with the revised application and response to be resubmitted to a future USQ AEC meeting for review. 
  • Not approved (Re-submission not permitted) – this outcome includes written feedback; however, a new application is required to be submitted to the USQ AEC if the research is to proceed.