It is a requirement of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (the Code) that Animal Ethics Committees:
Members of the Queensland Schools Animal Ethics Committee (QSAEC) conduct site inspections of facilities for which animal ethics approval(s) have been granted. By carrying out these inspections, the QSAEC can be assured that the general welfare of the animal(s) is considered and that the animal use activities are being conducted in accordance with QSAEC approval. This ensures that schools are compliant with the legislation.
Initial contact will be made with the school to arrange a suitable date and time for the inspection to take place. The preferred date and time of the inspection is generally scheduled no sooner than four (4) weeks after the initial communication. This will allow enough time for the QSAEC to ensure that inspectors will be available to attend the site inspection on the preferred date and time.
A site inspection checklist will be emailed to schools after initial contact has been made. This checklist can be made available for staff who have responsibility for animal use activities and will highlight the areas the QSAEC site inspectors may wish to inspect. This checklist is for schools to self-assess their compliance prior to inspection.
The intending inspection form will be emailed to the principal of the school that has been selected for a site inspection. This form must be completed and returned to the QSAEC at least one (1) week prior to the inspection.
Schools that have had a QSAEC site inspection will receive a copy of the QSAEC report, once it has been endorsed by the committee at a scheduled meeting. Schools must ensure that this report is included in its school-based animal activity register.
In some cases, the QSAEC may request a follow up inspection. The school will be contacted to arrange a suitable date and time for the follow up inspection. Recommendations for improvement will be supplied to the school prior to this follow up inspection.
This page was last reviewed on 10 Feb 2015 at 03:51PM