Programs and Operations

The CCAC delivers our mandate through three programs: Assessment and Certification, Standards Setting and Maintenance, Training and Networking, and three support services: Governance and Planning, Operations, and Public Affairs and Communications.

Assessment and Certification

Assessment and Certification collaborates with over 190 animal care committees and a strong network of volunteer experts to ensure appropriate and consistent implementation of CCAC standards across Canada. By providing independent, third-party quality assurance to ensure the proper implementation of CCAC standards of animal ethics and care, Assessment and Certification maximizes the opportunity for information exchange through peer review and stakeholder involvement, and promotes good animal practices, including Three Rs alternatives.

Standards Setting and Maintenance

Standards Setting and Maintenance is responsible for developing, reviewing, and revising guidelines. Together with our invaluable volunteer experts, the CCAC is working to ensure that our standards are timely and relevant, informed by expert peer advice, current interpretation of scientific evidence, and Canadian values. The Three Rs, widely accepted internationally as the model of animal ethics, is at the heart of CCAC guidelines and standards, encouraging individuals to practice the tenets of replacement, reduction, and refinement.

Training and Networking

Training and Networking supports animal care committees and personnel in CCAC-certified institutions by providing a full range of networking activities and resources, including various educational and reference materials that help to ensure high standards of animal ethics and care in science-based institutions. CCAC stakeholders also have access to our online training tools, which currently includes CCAC training modules, assisting institutions to better tailor their programs to the specific training needs of their researchers and educators.

The team is also responsible for the annual CCAC National Workshop which includes plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities that foster peer interaction and knowledge exchange on various challenges and best practices in animal ethics and care.

Governance and Planning

Governance and Planning provides support to the CCAC’s governance structure including proving support to the Board of Directors, Standing Committees, and Annual General Meetings. It is also responsible for strategic and operational planning, performance measurement, and impact assessment. It optimizes the use and efficacy of CCAC’s resources, encourages exchange of ideas, and enhances collaborations amongst teams, making the CCAC a dynamic environment.


Operations are responsible for managing the human, financial, and material resources of the CCAC. It oversees the internal administrative procedures necessary to ensure and support seamless and effective organizational performance and delivery of CCAC programs.

Public Affairs and Communications

Public Affairs and Communications is responsible for improving the efficiency of communications with CCAC stakeholders, including CCAC-certified institutions, member organizations, the media, and the public. It also provides publication services to the three programs by assisting in the production and dissemination of official publications and announcements.