About the CCAC

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The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) is the national peer-review organization responsible for setting, maintaining, and overseeing the implementation of high standards for animal ethics and care in science throughout Canada.

Created in 1968, the CCAC is an independent, non-profit organization, acting in the interests of the Canadian people. More than 2,000 volunteer experts serving on more than 190 local animal care committees (ACCs) help fulfill CCAC's mandate and deliver our program in institutions across Canada. Also comprised of volunteer experts, the CCAC's governing Board of Directors is nominated and elected by CCAC's 23 member organizations, which reflect a wide range of interests, concerns, and objectives surrounding animal-based science in Canada.

The CCAC 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 annual program participation fees paid by CCAC-certified institutions.