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Institutional animal care and use programs are assessed and recertified every three years based on their compliance with the CCAC's policies, guidelines, and other CCAC‑recognized standards.

CCAC Certificate of GAP ribbon

A CCAC Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice® is earned by:

  • participating fully in the CCAC programs; and
  • having been found by an assessment panel composed of scientists, veterinarians, and community representatives, and by the CCAC Assessment and Certification Committee to have high standards of ethical animal care and use which satisfy CCAC guidelines and policies.

Participating in CCAC programs and maintaining a CCAC Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice® institutions that conduct research with animals and receive funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as well as some provincial funders and charitable organizations.

Holding a CCAC Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice® tangibly demonstrates that your institution participates fully in the CCAC programs and adheres to its internationally recognized standards of animal care and use in research, teaching, and testing.