Setting and maintaining standards for the ethical use and care of animals in science in Canada
The Canadian Council on Animal Care
The CCAC is an autonomous and independent body, created in 1968 to oversee the ethical use of animals in science in Canada. The CCAC is registered as a non-profit organization, and is financed primarily by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), with additional contributions from federal science‑based departments and agencies and private institutions participating in its programs. It is governed by a Council of representatives from 22 national organizations which are permanent member organizations and up to three limited term member organizations.
The CCAC acts as a quasi-regulatory body and sets standards (its guidelines documents and policy statements) on animal care and use in science that apply across Canada. It is accountable to the general public and is responsible for the dissemination of information on the use of animals in science to Canadians. In addition to guidelines documents and policy statements, the CCAC develops comprehensive annual statistics on the number of animals used in science and produces an annual report to disseminate information to its constituents and the general public.