Australian regulation of animal use in science and education: a critical appraisal

Timoshanko, Aaron C. and Marston, Helen and Lidbury, Brett A. (2016) Australian regulation of animal use in science and education: a critical appraisal. ILAR Journal, 57 (3). pp. 324-332. ISSN 1084-2020

Abstract

One of the touchstone principles in Australia's regulation of the use of animals for scientific and educational purposes is reduction, refinement and replacement (3Rs). However, the use of animals for scientific and educational purposes is increasing in Australia, raising concerns about the effectiveness of the current regulatory framework in achieving the objectives of the 3Rs. This article critically evaluates the current regulatory framework in Australia. Several strengths are identified. However, 4 recommendations to improve the regulatory environment are proposed to bring Australia in line with international best practice. Specifically, Australian regulation governing the use of animals for scientific or educational purposes could be improved through greater transparency, higher standards of competency, the development of a central regulatory authority, and greater incentives to encourage research and development into nonanimal alternatives.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2018 02:04
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2018 02:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: scientific or educational animal use, animal research, animal testing, Australia, regulation, replacement, 3Rs
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070207 Humane Animal Treatment
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1093/ilar/ilw015
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33965

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