The development of new, or the revision of existing, CCAC guidelines documents is prioritized by the CCAC Standards Committee and approved by the CCAC Board of Directors according to established criteria:
- ethics – number of animals, an increase in particular types of animals, and the potential for pain and distress
- relevance – informed by assessment panels, animal care committees, the CCAC Assessment and Certification Committee, animal data, and advances in laboratory animal science
- timeliness – review of guidelines on a regular basis, taking into account legislation, regulation, and current interpretation of scientific evidence
- achievability – based on the availability of research evidence and guidance material from other jurisdictions
Additional factors taken into consideration include discussions with CCAC-certified institutions and other stakeholders.