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October 17, 2019

New and Revised Supporting Documents for Animal Ethics and Care Programs

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) has revised its CCAC policy: Certification of animal ethics and care programs, and has developed supporting frequently asked questions. Published in 2016, this policy has been revised to include the following:

  • the initial CCAC Probationary Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice® has been replaced with the CCAC Preliminary Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice®, and its validity has been increased from 12 to 18 months;
  • major animal welfare incidents must now be reported to the CCAC within 10 days of occurrence (consequences for failure to notify the CCAC are outlined in the policy);
  • the CCAC’s reporting requirements to the granting agencies have changed; and
  • the definition of “in good standing” has been modified to include a valid Acknowledgement and Consent Form.

The CCAC has also developed a Major Animal Welfare Incident Self-Reporting Form, to help institutions report these incidents. In addition, the CCAC has updated its Scientific Merit Peer Review Form, which provides a template for institutions conducting institutional scientific merit review.

All CCAC policies and related documents can be found on the Policies and Prerequisites page of the CCAC website, under the section Certification — About Certification.

Thank you for your ongoing collaboration in ensuring high standards of animal ethics and care at your institution.

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