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Animal Care Committees

The keystone of the Canadian system of oversight of the care and use of animals in science is the local institutional animal care committee (ACC) set up by each participating institution according to the CCAC policy statement on: terms of reference for animal care committees. Institutional ACCs are responsible for overseeing all aspects of animal care and use and for working with animal users, animal care personnel and the institutional administration.

ACCs undertake animal use protocol review, approval and follow-up (post-approval monitoring).

Other responsibilities include working with the administration to ensure that appropriate:

  • facilities are being used, and are well maintained and managed
  • veterinary and animal care services are in place
  • continuing education and training programs are in place
  • occupational health and safety and crisis management programs are in place

ACC membership will vary but should include:

  • scientists and/or teachers with experience in animal use
  • institutional member who does not use animals
  • experienced veterinarian(s)
  • community representative(s)
  • technical staff representative (manager)
  • student representative (where students are present)
  • ACC coordinator
  • others as needed (e.g. person(s) responsible for health and safety/biosafety, biostatisticians, ethicists, public relations liaisons)

The ACC reports to the senior institutional administrator responsible for animal care and use (e.g. VP Research, President, CEO)