The senior administrator responsible for the institution's animal ethics and care program must submit an implementation report, or reports, to the CCAC, thoroughly and clearly addressing all recommendations before the dates specified in the assessment report. Institutions are typically given three months to respond to a serious recommendation and six months to respond to a regular recommendation. Major recommendations require an immediate response from the institution.
The implementation report(s) are reviewed by the assessment panel(s) that participated in the assessment and by the CCAC Assessment and Certification Committee. Where the institutional response is based on new, revised, or draft documents, these are to be included with the implementation report.
If the recommendations are not addressed completely, the CCAC will request that the institution provide additional or updated information and a special visit may be conducted if necessary. Unsatisfactory institutional responses or the absence of a response can lead to a probationary certification and certificate removal (see the CCAC policy on: the certification of animal care and use programs).
Compliant institutions are recertified every three years.