Programs and Services

The CCAC delivers our mandate through three programs: Assessment and Certification, Standards, Training and Networking, and three support services: Governance, Operations, and Public Affairs and Communications.


Assessment and Certification

The Assessment and Certification program is delivered with the collaboration of over 190 animal care committees and a strong network of volunteer experts to ensure appropriate and consistent implementation of CCAC standards across Canada. By providing independent, third-party quality assurance to ensure the proper implementation of CCAC standards of animal ethics and care, the program maximizes the opportunity for information exchange through peer review and stakeholder involvement, and promotes good animal practices, including Three Rs alternatives.


The Standards program ensures the development, review and revision of guidelines. Together with its invaluable volunteer experts, the CCAC is working to ensure that its standards are timely and relevant, informed by expert peer advice, current interpretation of scientific evidence, and Canadian values. The Three Rs, widely accepted internationally as the model of animal ethics, is at the heart of CCAC guidelines and standards, encouraging individuals to practice the tenets of replacement, reduction, and refinement.

Training and Networking

The Training and Networking program supports animal care committees and personnel in CCAC-certified institutions by providing a full range of networking activities and resources, including various educational and reference materials that help to ensure high standards of animal ethics and care in science-based institutions. CCAC stakeholders also have access to online training tools, which currently include CCAC training modules, assisting institutions to better tailor their programs to the specific training needs of their researchers and educators.

The Training and Networking team is also responsible for the annual CCAC National Workshop which offers plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities that foster peer interaction and knowledge exchange on various challenges and best practices in animal ethics and care.



Governance services provide support to the CCAC’s governance structure, including the Board of Directors, the Standing Committees, and the Annual General Meetings. They also support strategic and operational planning, performance measurement, and the impact assessment functions. Governance services also aim to optimize the use and efficacy of CCAC’s resources, encourage exchange of ideas, and enhance collaboration amongst teams, making the CCAC a dynamic environment.


The Operations team is responsible for human, financial and material resources management. It oversees the internal administrative procedures necessary to ensure and support seamless and effective organizational performance and delivery of CCAC programs.

Public Affairs and Communications

Public Affairs and Communications services are aimed at improving communications between the CCAC and its stakeholders, namely certified institutions, member organizations, the media and the public. The PAC team also supports the three CCAC programs by assisting in the production of publications and announcements.