Formation of a Guidelines Subcommittee

Initiation of a Guidelines Subcommittee

When the Standards Committee determines that there is a need to establish a new subcommittee for the development or revision of a guidelines document, they make a recommendation to the CCAC Board of Directors. Upon approval by the Board of Directors, a subcommittee of experts is set up in accordance with the following process.

Subcommittee Composition

Each subcommittee consists of a chair and members who are experts in one or more areas pertinent to the guidelines document to be developed or revised. The number of subcommittee members is determined by the scope of the area of interest, with consideration given to the range of expertise required, and the need to provide a balanced representation of perspectives (animal welfare and community representative, facility manager, scientist, veterinarian, and senior technician), institution size, gender, and geographic location. One member is also drawn from the CCAC Standards Committee.

Selection of Subcommittee Members

CCAC member organizations, professional societies, research programs, the CCAC Board of Directors, and the CCAC Secretariat may all suggest candidates with the appropriate expertise and qualifications to serve on the subcommittee. Each potential candidate must be knowledgeable in one or more aspects of the guidelines document to be developed. The name, a brief biography, and a biosketch (three to five pages) of each suggested candidate is then forwarded to the Governance and Nominations Committee for consideration. The committee selects the most suitable candidates to serve on the subcommittee and ensures the collective expertise of the subcommittee covers all relevant aspects of the topic.

The Governance and Nominations Committee forwards the list of potential subcommittee members, including the most suitable chair, to the Board of Directors for approval. Once approved, the candidates are invited by the CCAC Chair of the Board and the Executive Director to serve on the subcommittee. The chair and subcommittee members must agree to perform the duties described in the Terms of Reference for Guidelines Subcommittees.

Changes in Subcommittee Composition

If, at any time, the subcommittee chair and CCAC Secretariat staff determine that the subcommittee lacks expertise in a particular area, the Governance and Nominations Committee may seek additional experts in accordance with the selection process noted above. Similarly, if a member requests to be removed from the subcommittee, a replacement will be sought in accordance with the process noted above.