Certification Process

Maintaining a CCAC Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice® is an ongoing process, requiring institutions to participate fully in CCAC's program.

Every institution is subject to regular peer review by the CCAC, which involves an assessment of the institution’s animal ethics and care program, the effectiveness of their animal care committee to oversee the program, and the appropriateness of their animal facilities, practices, and procedures. Assessments are based on CCAC guidelines, policies, and associated documents, and are usually conducted by CCAC assessment panels.

If conditions warrant it, or following a request by the institution or a member of the public, the CCAC will conduct a special visit to the institution.This ongoing four level oversight system allows the CCAC to ensure that institutions are continually achieving high standards of animal ethics and care.

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Chart explaining the certification process of the CCAC