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About the CCAC » Governance

Standing Committees

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


Bearing in mind the CCAC’s overall mission and the principles of replacement, reduction, and refinement (Three Rs), the purpose of the Standards Committee is to develop and maintain guidelines and associated documents on the welfare and ethical treatment of animals used in research, testing, and teaching.

Assessment and Certification

The Assessment and Certification Committee oversees and supports the implementation of the Assessment and Certification program by facilitating the development and maintenance of policies for the assessment and certification of ethical animal care and use programs. It also reviews assessment and implementation reports and makes recommendations on the assessment and certification of academic, government, and private organizations working with animals in science.

Public Affairs and Communications

The Public Affairs and Communications Committee provides advice on communications matters, including the effectiveness of communication tools, materials, and channels on its stakeholders (e.g., member organizations, certified institutions, animal welfare experts, research funders, the media, and all individuals involved in the care and use of animals in science). It also advises the Secretariat and board on how to promote and position the CCAC as an essential service in the national oversight of animal-based scientific activities in Canada.

Finance and Operations

The Finance and Operations Committee assists the board in fulfilling its financial oversight responsibilities. Such oversight includes financial planning, financial stability and sustainability, and financial risk management.

Governance and Nominations

The Governance and Nominations Committee provides advice to the board on policies, terms of reference, and procedures that will guide the operations of both the board and its standing committees. It is also responsible for the nomination process that steers the recruitment of future members of the board.