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March 1, 2022

CCAC Reportable Animal Welfare Incidents

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) is creating new guidance materials with the intention to go beyond the traditional focuses of ensuring animal health and reducing the impact of scientific procedures performed on animals. They signify a shift in the understanding of what good animal welfare is, and how to promote it; good animal welfare is more than good health, and the welfare of animals used in science is impacted by more than just the procedures performed on them.

In keeping with this initiative, the newly revised CCAC policy: Certification of ethical animal care and use programs, and its requirement to notify the CCAC of reportable animal welfare incidents within 14 days (2 weeks) of occurrence, should help researchers, instructors, and animal care committee members to better understand the overall impact of science on animal welfare by quantifying potential mortality related to any event or condition experienced by an animal. The requirement also supports institutions and animal care committees in having sound internal and external incident reporting mechanisms.

The following documents are available for the management of any CCAC reportable animal welfare incident: