Resources for ethics committees
Local institutional ethics or animal care and use committees (such as Animal Welfare Bodies in the EU and Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Bodies in the UK) can vary in their form and function, including the role that they play in project review and advising on refinement. In many cases, in-house committees undertake functions and tasks that are relevant to reducing or avoiding severe suffering.
As part of its programme of work to promote effective ethical review, the RSPCA is developing resources to help ethics and animal care and use committees address severe suffering. The approach is summed up in this ‘road map’ and we will be adding more resources for committees within these pages and our ‘ethical review’ section of the RSPCA website soon.
Two useful resources are:
- Guiding principles on good practice for Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Bodies (2015) (PDF 1.76MB)
- A resource book for lay members of ethical review and similar bodies worldwide - third edition (2015) (PDF 6,742KB). (Page 40, Example 2 is an excellent example of how the AWB/AWERB can, as part of its wider function, act as a focal point for tackling severe suffering)