Animal Care Research Ethics Committee (ACREC)

‌Animal research, under certain constraints and conditions, is facilitated by legislation.  Nonetheless, NUI Galway has an established Animal Care Research Ethics Committee (ACREC) that examines proposals to assess if the reasons proposed justify the use of animals within the ethical parameters determined by ACREC.  Since 2013, ACREC has worked in conjunction with the guidelines and processes implemented by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) to ethically review studies that involve animals for scientific purposes.  See the ACREC Policies & Procedures for a description and overview of ACREC.

The Animal Care Research Ethics Committee meets approximately 6 times per year.  To apply for ethical approval for a study that will use animal experiments, your application must reach the ACREC committee prior to close of submissions for the next meeting. 

The next ACREC deadline is TUESDAY 21st NOVEMBER 2017, at 5pm.
Late applications will not be accepted.

Any applications received after this deadline will not be included in the next meeting, but put forward for the following meeting.

Applications and all queries must be emailed to


Information and Forms

The links below will direct you to information and forms relevant to making your application.

+ Schedule of Submission Closing Dates

+ Application Forms

+ Amendment Forms