Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) is an autonomous and independent body, created in 1968 to oversee the ethical use of animals in science in Canada.

The CCAC is the national peer review agency responsible for setting and maintaining standards for the care and use of animals used in research, teaching and testing throughout Canada. The CCAC was established in 1968. It is an autonomous and independent body, and also oversees the ethical use of animals in science in Canada.

Its mission statement underlines the focus of the CCAC on the ethical principles of animal-based experimentation. The purpose of the Canadian Council on Animal Care is to act in the interests of the people of Canada to ensure through programs of education, assessment and persuation that the use of animals, where necessary, for research, teaching and testing employs optimal physical and psychological care according to acceptable scientific standards, and to promote an increased level of knowledge, awareness and sensitivity to relevant ethical principles.

The CCAC is registered as a non-profit organization, and is financed primarily by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), with additional contributions from federal science‑based departments and agencies and private institutions participating in its programs.

The CCAC is governed by a Council of representatives from 22 national organizations which are permanent member organizations and up to three limited term member organizations. The CCAC acts as a quasi-regulatory body and sets standards on animal care and use in science that apply across Canada. It is accountable to the general public and is responsible for the dissemination of information on the use of animals in science to Canadians. In addition to guidelines documents and policy statements, the CCAC develops comprehensive annual statistics on the number of animals used in science and produces an annual report to disseminate information to its constituents and the general public.
This page was updated on 19 July 2023

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