Animals in research

CSIRO's Animal Welfare Policy

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CSIRO accepts responsibility for the welfare of all animals used in its research programs.

CSIRO’s Animal Welfare Policy sets out the principles and procedures adopted by CSIRO for the care and use of animals in research. This policy is reviewed annually.

Policy statements

  1. CSIRO undertakes to ensure that all animals used by the Organisation for scientific purposes are treated humanely and ethically, and that the best possible standards of animal health and wellbeing are applied. CSIRO will act in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 7th edition (‘the Code’).

  2. In accordance with the Code, CSIRO will actively promote the following principles:
    1. Replacement of animals with other methods
    2. Reduction in the number of animals used
    3. Refinement of techniques used to reduce the adverse impact on animals.

  3. CSIRO will comply with the standards of conduct and performance required by Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

  4. CSIRO will ensure that staff involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes are appropriately trained.

  5. CSIRO will contribute nationally to the development of standards in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.