Standing Committees

There are currently four standing committees established by the Board of Directors, as detailed below.

Standards Committee

Bearing in mind the overall mission of the CCAC and the principles of replacement, reduction and refinement (Three Rs), the purpose of the Standards Committee is to provide for the development and renewal of guidelines, policies and best practices, with respect to the welfare and ethical treatment of animals used in research, testing and teaching.

Assessment and Certification Committee

The Assessment and Certification Committee oversees and supports the Assessment and Certification Program. The committee provides for the development or renewal of policies and best practices for the assessment and certification of animal care and use programs, and reviews reports and makes recommendations on assessment and certification of academic, government and private organizations using animals in science.

Public Affairs and Communications Committee

The purpose of the Public Affairs and Communications Committee is to promote and position the CCAC as a leading organization in the advancement of the ethical use and welfare of animals in science. To achieve this purpose, it advises the Board of Directors on initiatives to increase public awareness of the CCAC, its mission and its ongoing impact, and on the effectiveness of its communications with all CCAC stakeholders (i.e. the general public, the media, research funders, member organizations, certified institutions and all individuals involved with the ethical use and care of animals in science).

Governance and Nominations Committee

The purpose of the Governance and Nominations Committee is to advise the Board of Directors with regards to policies, terms of references and procedures that will guide the functioning of the Board of Directors and its standing committees. It is also responsible for the nomination process for the recruitment of future members of the Board of Directors.