We're committed to ensuring all animals are treated humanely and ethically.

The principles adopted by CSIRO for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and the mandatory requirements for this procedure are:

  • 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 National Health and Medical Research Council Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition (‘the Code’); and
    • 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.  
  • In accordance with the Code, CSIRO will actively promote the following principles:
    • The replacement of animals with other methods;
    • The reduction in the number of animals used; and
    • The refinement of techniques used to reduce the adverse impact on animals.
  • CSIRO will ensure that staff members and CSIRO affiliates involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes are appropriately trained.
  • CSIRO will contribute nationally to the development of standards in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

These principles are supported by the CSIRO Animal Welfare procedure.

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