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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 and CC Michael Xavier (mxavier@yorku.ca) prior to the scheduled ACC meeting as follows:

ACC Meeting DateProtocol Submission Deadline
September 29, 2022September 15, 2022
October 27, 2022October 13, 2022
November 24, 2022November 10, 2022
January 26, 2023January 12, 2023
February 23, 2023February 09, 2023
March 23, 2023March 09, 2023
April 20, 2023April 06, 2023
May 18, 2023May 04, 2023
June 22, 2023June 08, 2023

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.