Research involving animal subjects

A commitment to high ethical standards in research involving animals

NRC is committed to high ethical standards in research involving animals. This commitment is based on the understanding that using animals in research is acceptable only if results can reasonably be expected to contribute to the understanding of fundamental biological principles, or develop knowledge that benefits humans or animals.

To maintain its high standards, NRC has created local Animal Care Committees (ACCs) to review and approve research protocols in each research centre, branch or program which conducts research involving animals. Using guidelines provided by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), the ACCs review and consider for approval the ethical acceptability of animal-use protocols.

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