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

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Timoshanko, Aaron C., Marston, Helen and Lidbury, Brett A.. 2016. "Australian regulation of animal use in science and education: a critical appraisal." Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) Journal. 57 (3), pp. 324-332. https://doi.org/10.1093/ilar/ilw015
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Australian regulation of animal use in science and education: a critical appraisal

ERA Journal ID3098
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsTimoshanko, Aaron C. (Author), Marston, Helen (Author) and Lidbury, Brett A. (Author)
Journal TitleInstitute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) Journal
Journal Citation57 (3), pp. 324-332
Number of Pages9
Year2016
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1084-2020
1930-6180
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/ilar/ilw015
Web Address (URL)https://academic.oup.com/ilarjournal/article/57/3/324/3796585
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.

Keywordsscientific or educational animal use, animal research, animal testing, Australia, regulation, replacement, 3Rs
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
300306. Animal welfare
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Byline AffiliationsMonash University
Humane Research, Australia
Australian National University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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