The University Animal Care Committee (UACC) is a Principal's committee reporting through University Research Services to the Vice Principal (Research). The UACC is mandated by the Animals for Research Act (OMAFRA), and the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and is responsible for the review and approval of all protocols proposing the use of animals in research, teaching, or testing at Queen's.
The role of the Committee is to ensure that the welfare of the animals is a prime consideration in their procurement, care and use and that the highest ethical standards, as defined by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), are observed. The responsibility and authority of the UACC is further detailed in the Terms of Reference:
All research and teaching involving the use of animals performed at Queen's University or carried out by Queen's University personnel (even at another institution such as during a sabbatical) requires prior approval of the University Animal Care Committee. This means that prior approval is required for all research or teaching procedures carried out by Queen's University personnel on animals that are: