Obtaining a First CCAC Certificate

Institutions wishing to be certified for the first time are invited to contact the CCAC Assessment and Certification Program for guidance and information tailored to their particular situation.

They must have the following elements in place before their first full CCAC assessment visit:

  • an active animal care committee (ACC), whose composition, authority, responsibilities and functioning are defined in written terms of reference based on the CCAC policy statement on: terms of reference for animal care committees
  • an animal use protocol form (or forms), according to the guidance contained in the CCAC policy statement on: terms of reference for animal care committees
  • complete protocols submitted by animal users for all existing and planned animal-based work, with the ACC having reviewed and made decisions on all ongoing protocols and any protocols planned for the near future. The protocol reviews should be based on relevant guidance (as found in the CCAC policy statement on: terms of reference for animal care committees, Section 3e) and documented in the minutes of one or more ACC meetings
  • a formal agreement or agreements for veterinary services, based on the main elements of the CALAM Standards of Veterinary Care
  • trained, qualified personnel in sufficient numbers to care for all groups of animals seven days a week
  • programs based on CCAC guidance for:
    1. the training of animal users
    2. post-approval monitoring
    3. occupational health and safety, to cover all animal project related risks
    4. crisis management
  • where animal facilities are needed, they must either meet relevant CCAC guidance or a detailed plan with timelines must be in place describing how they will be improved to meet the guidance
  • the ACC must have visited all facilities for animal care or use, whether currently in use or designated for use, and must have approved of their use in one or more written site visit report(s)