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The Agencies require that all the research they fund that involves the use of animals be approved, in accordance with animal care standards, by the Researcher’s Institution and by the Institution where the research will be conducted before the work begins. The Institutions must have procedures in place to monitor ongoing work and to ensure conformity with federal and provincial guidelines, regulations and laws covering the use of animals in research, teaching and testing.
The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) is the national organization responsible for setting and maintaining standards for the care and use of animals used in research, teaching and testing throughout Canada. The Agencies actively support the CCAC's goals of ensuring that animals used in science are treated in an ethical manner and cared for properly, as well as its policy of encouraging the refinement, reduction and replacement of animal use in research. The Agencies encourage investigators to become involved in the work of their Institutional Animal Care Committee (IACC), as defined by the CCAC, and encourage Institutions to recognize this work as a valuable service to the research community.
2.1 Responsibilities of the Institution
The Institution agrees to:
The Agencies have a responsibility to:
Where, after an assessment visit, the CCAC finds the Institution to be in non-compliance, and the Institution does not, within a reasonable time, complete the actions required to bring it into compliance, the CCAC will inform the Agency. The Agency will then follow the procedure described in Schedule 8 at entry level 3. Suspension of funding of research involving animals will last until the CCAC reports that the Institution has initiated the actions required to bring it into compliance, at which time the Agency will recommence funding.
When a Primary Institution transfers grant or award funds to a Secondary Institution for the purpose of research involving animals, Schedule 9 applies.
This Schedule forms part of, and complements, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Institution and the Agency/Agencies published at: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Policies-Politiques/MOURoles-ProtocolRoles/index_eng.asp