Following an assessment visit to an institution, the CCAC produces an assessment report which outlines an institution’s strengths and weaknesses, and typically includes recommendations that must be satisfactorily answered in order for the institution to be certified. The assessment report contains general remarks on the quality of the animal ethics and care program and details any concerns, as evaluated by the CCAC assessment panel, through the following:
- reviews of the completed CCAC Animal Care and Use Program Review Form and other relevant documents;
- meetings with members of the animal care committee, members of the administration, and other personnel involved in the animal ethics and care program; and
- a site visit of the animal facilities.
Formal recommendations are presented based on CCAC policies, guidelines, and other CCAC-recognized standards.
The assessment report is reviewed by the assessment panel and the CCAC Assessment and Certification Committee prior to being forwarded to the senior administrator responsible for the institution's animal ethics and care program, usually within 10 weeks of the assessment visit (15 weeks for large institutions).
Recommendations are categorized as follows:
Apply to an immediate and significant threat to animal health or welfare found during a CCAC visit for which the institution must take immediate appropriate action. Failure to take such action will result in the removal of the institution’s CCAC Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice®.
Apply to significant or long-standing weaknesses in the animal ethics and care program. The measures taken and planned in response to these recommendations must be provided to the CCAC, typically within three months of the institution receiving the written recommendations.
Apply to weaknesses in the animal ethics and care program. The measures taken and planned in response to these recommendations must be provided to the CCAC within six months of the institution receiving the written recommendations.
Apply to excellent conditions, practices, or personnel in an animal ethics and care program.