The Ethics Committee is composed of at least seven members.
The members of the Ethics Committee have special expertise that provides the necessary proficiency in ethics, alternative methods for animal testing, animal health and welfare as well as research techniques, experimental design and statistical analyses.
In order to be accepted as Ethics Commission, it must demonstrate to the Department that it meets the following conditions:
- the Animal Ethics Committee must ensure that no conflict of interest occurs during the performance of its duties.
- the Ethics Committee ensures that the evaluations are carried out impartially by taking into account the advice of parties that are independent of the user who submits an application for a project permit.
- the veterinarian or expert charged with monitoring the health and welfare of the animals is part of the Commission
- a representative of the Animal Welfare Cell is part of the Animal Ethics Committee