Mice in their cage with food

The CCAC assesses and certifies institutional animal ethics and care programs based on their effective implementation of CCAC’s guidelines, policies, and associated documents.

Participating in CCAC programs and maintaining a CCAC Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice® is mandatory for all Canadian institutions that conduct research with animals and receive funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), as well as some provincial funders and charitable organizations.

Holding a CCAC Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice® tangibly demonstrates that your institution participates fully in the CCAC's programs and adheres to the CCAC’s internationally recognized standards of animal ethics and care in research, teaching, and testing.