Canada is the only country in the world with an oversight system which incorporates assessment and certification, standards development, Three Rs promotion, and education and training under one umbrella program. Representatives from countries such as China and Thailand have actively reached out to the CCAC for guidance, endeavoring to develop their own national peer-review systems.
A contributing figure on the global stage, the CCAC is also continually working with international organizations to ensure the ethical care and use of animals in science. The CCAC is recognized by many international organizations as a world leader in the development and promotion of standards. In fact, the following international bodies and agencies have used CCAC guidelines when developing their own standards and/or have directly adopted CCAC’s standards:
- World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
- International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS)
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Norwegian Consensus Platform for Alternatives NORECOPA
- US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
- Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC International)