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SCIENCE FACULTY ANIMAL ETHICS COMMITTEE (SFAEC)

All work on animals (defined here as vertebrates, cephalopods and decapods) at UCT - either for research or teaching/educational activities - needs advance approval by the relevant Faculty Animal Ethics Committee. The Science Faculty Animal Ethics Committee (SFAEC) processes all applications and queries related to work and teaching with animals within the Science Faculty. The requirements to apply for ethics clearance at UCT comply with recommendations of the  South African National Standard SANS 10386:2008 (The care and use of animals for scientific purposes) available here, which has been adopted by the University for ethical review, as well as with UCT internal policies for animal experimentation. The code amongst other things, defines the structure and composition of Faculty ethics committees and the ethical review processes. It also includes the need for Institutional procedures for dealing with violations of approved protocols or any other animal ethics violation. Journals require institutional ethics clearance, as do UCT post-graduate students.

Applying for SFAEC Ethics Clearance

All documentation relating to the submission of an animal ethics application for the use of vertebrates, cephalopods and decapods in teaching or research is available at the Science Animal Ethics website on the UCT VULA portal. Potential applicants that do not have access this website should email sfaec@uct.ac.za to request accesss.

Applications for animal ethics clearance must be submitted to the committee at least 4 weeks before the planned animal usage is to commence (but preferably earlier). Following the SANS Code, decisions on the authorization of proposals can only be made at meetings of the SFAEC. The SFAEC meets monthly between January and November to evaluate applications. SFAEC submission and meeting dates for 2015 are as follows:


Dates for submissions

Meeting dates for formal review

 

 

16 January

29 January

29 January

26 February

26 February

26 March

2 April

30 April

30 April

28 May

28 May

25 June

2 July

30 July

30 July

27 August

27 August

24 September

1 October

29 October

29 October

26 November