Prioritization of Guidelines for Development

The prioritization criteria used by the Standards Committee for initiating the development of new guidelines documents and the revision of published guidelines documents consider:

  • ethical impact - numbers of animals affected, trends in animal use, and the potential for pain and distress
  • demand - from the scientific community and the CCAC Assessment and Certification Program, and arising from advances in laboratory animal science
  • achievability - based on the availability and publication date of appropriate references and guidance material from other jurisdictions

Additional factors that are taken into consideration include public perception, downloads of particular guidelines documents from the CCAC website, and the publication date of existing CCAC guidelines documents.