Research Ethics

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Please note: More information on ethics in research is available on the website of the Animal Ethics Committee,a sub-committee of the Committee for Research Ethics and Integrity of the University of Pretoria.

The University of Pretoria has a duty to undertake research for the benefit of not only science in general but the community the university serves. As a part of this obligation, the University of Pretoria and the researchers it employs agree to follow an academic value system, which includes being true to the ethical principles of justice and credibility as well as ensuring that the use of animals in research is fully justifiable. As part of the latter obligation, the University of Pretoria and its staff agree to at all times to follow the principles set within the South African National Standard 10386 “The Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes”. 

The most important principles to be followed when undertaking animal experimentation are:

a) All animal experimentation including the use of animal in teaching have to be approved by the University’s Animal Ethics Committee.

b) The use of animals shall be in an attempt to obtain useful results and scientific information, of high quality, for the benefit of animals and/or humankind.

c) Animal experimentation shall not be purposeless or unnecessary.

d) Animal experimentation shall be thoroughly and scientifically planned so that the experiment is justifiable.

e) The principles of reduction, refinement and replacement must always be adhered too.

f) With research involving wildlife, due consideration must be given to the conservation status of the species.

g) When animals are housed, their husbandry and care must comply with the most recent internationally recognised minimum standards.

h) When animals are housed, their social and behavioural requirements must be catered for.

i) Due consideration must be given to the applicable laws of the Republic of South Africa, such as (but not limited too) the Animal’s Protection Act, the Animal Diseases Act, the Veterinary and Paraveterinary Professions Act and the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act.

More information on ethics in research is available on the website of the Animal Ethics Committee, a subcommittee of the Committee for Research Ethics and Integrity of the University of Pretoria.

 

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