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All research involving animals is governed by provincial legislation (Animals for Research Act and national Guidelines (Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)).

The Animal Care Committee (ACC) at York University has jurisdiction over all research involving animals conducted – on and off campus - by York University faculty, staff and/or students. It is the ACC's mandate to ensure that all research involving animals is conducted in a manner consistent with the guidelines of the CCAC and relevant regulations/legislation. It is the policy of the University that researchers intending to conduct research involving animals and/or use animals for teaching purposes must submit the appropriate protocol and obtain approval of said protocol by the ACC before animals can be ordered or a grant application endorsed by the University. Appropriate training and education are required by all researchers - student, faculty, and staff - in order to conduct research involving animals.

The University's animal care practices are monitored on an institutional level by both the relevant provincial Ministry and the CCAC.

A consulting veterinarian conducts regular visits of the animal care facilities to inspect conditions and provide necessary care.

"It is the policy of the University that researchers intending to use animals for research or teaching purposes must obtain approval by the Animal Care Committee before animals can be ordered or a grant application endorsed by the University. It is the Committee's mandate to ensure that research on animals is conducted in a manner consistent with the guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animals and relevant provincial regulations/legislation."  

Protocol Submission Dates:

To ensure the timely review of ACC protocols (new, renewal and amendment), please ensure that all relevant documents are submitted to accinfo@yorku.ca prior to the scheduled ACC meeting.

Scheduled Revised: August 21st 2023:

The submission deadline dates for Fall/Winter 2023-2024 are listed below:

ACC Meeting DateProtocol Submission Deadline
September 22, 2023September 06, 2023
October 20, 2023October 4, 2023
November 17, 2023November 1, 2023
December 8, 2023 (Meeting cancelled)November 22, 2023 *Protocol submissions will be reviewed by the sub-committee
January 26, 2024January 10, 2024
February 23, 2024February 07, 2024
March 22, 2024March 06, 2024
April 19, 2024April 03, 2024
May 17, 2024 Meeting rescheduled to May 31st, 2024May 01, 2024
June 14, 2024May 29, 2024

Please note: Protocols received after the required submission date will be held for review at the next scheduled ACC meeting.

Should you have any questions, please contact: accinfo@yorku.ca

More information on policies and procedures, as well as forms & documents, is available for the York University community on the YULink website.