Research, testing and teaching system

Animal use in research, testing and teaching is controlled in New Zealand under Part 6 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999

Part 6 allows the use of animals for research, testing and teaching purposes only in accordance with a code of ethical conduct which has been approved by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). These codes set the parameters within which the institutions are allowed to use animals for research, testing and teaching purposes.

Code holders undergo review by an accredited reviewer at least once every five years. Each project must also be scrutinised and approved by an animal ethics committee established under the code of ethical conduct. In deciding whether to approve a project, these committees must be satisfied that the benefits of using animals are not outweighed by any likely harm to the animals involved. They must also consider whether a suitable alternative exists as part of their role in promoting the Three Rs.

Who to contact

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Last reviewed: 18 Nov 2021