FAQ: CCAC guidelines on: euthanasia of animals used in science

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been developed to assist investigators and members of animal care committees (ACCs) in the implementation of the CCAC guidelines on: euthanasia of animal used in science. FAQs provide a generic response to some of the comments and questions received by the CCAC during the three draft reviews of this guidelines document.

If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact the CCAC and we will be pleased to provide assistance. The FAQs will be updated regularly and will continue to reflect questions asked by ACCs and investigators in implementation of the CCAC guidelines on: euthanasia of animal used in science.

  1. What is the difference between an acceptable method and a conditionally acceptable method?arrow
  2. What about methods not mentioned in the guidelines as acceptable or conditionally acceptable − are they considered unacceptable?arrow
  3. In some cases, the CCAC guidelines differ from one or both of the major reference documents. How is this to be interpreted?arrow
  4. The guidelines state that euthanasia of any experimental animal should never be undertaken by anyone who is not fully competent in the procedure. How is competency determined?arrow
  5. How do the guidelines apply in the case of an emergency?arrow
  6. How do the guidelines apply to animals in field settings?arrow
  7. The guidelines say that carbon dioxide is not an ideal method of euthanasia for any species, yet it is commonly used for laboratory animals. What are we supposed to do?arrow
  8. The guidelines do not include T-61 as an acceptable method. What if there is no suitable alternative?arrow
  9. How do the guidelines apply to unhatched eggs?arrow
  10. Recent publications support use of rapid cooling for certain types of fish. Can the guidelines be overruled by such publications?arrow
  11. Encouraging the use of isoflurane prior to carbon dioxide could present a human safety hazard. How can this be addressed?arrow