Ethics Committee for Animal Care and Use
The Ethics Committee for Animal Care and Use (ECACU) is a standing committee of the University Research Council (URC). ECACU reviews and monitors ethical issues pertaining to experiments on animals undertaken at Aga Khan University (AKU) for research, teaching and diagnostic purposes for the benefit of humans.
ECACU understands that experimental studies on animals are necessary to better understand diseases and treatment. However, it desires to ensure that proposals for research and teaching are justified and animals used for study are treated humanely, in order to minimise the infliction of pain and discomfort as well as protect against maltreatment and harassment.
ECACU defines and publicises within the University a code of practice for experiments on animals that is consistent with ethical principles and humane treatment. ECACU determines who is authorised to use animals for experimental purposes at AKU. ECACU evaluates all proposals for experiments on animals and will investigate legitimate concerns expressed by any source about the use of animals at AKU and report its conclusions and recommendations to URC.