All projects involving live animals require peer review for scientific merit as per Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) policy before approval can be granted.
The Facility Animal Care Committee (FACC) is mandated to ensure evidence of scientific merit prior to the approval of every Animal Use Protocol. See UACC Policy on Peer Review of Scientific Merit.
In most cases, the funding agency performs this peer review before it grants funds to a project (such as CIHR, NSERC, NIH...). In cases where peer review has not been carried out by the granting agencies, the Faculties and Research Institutes have in place a mechanism that ensures that at least two independent experts, who do not collaborate with the protocol author(s) (at least one of whom is not a member of the ACC), review the objectives, hypotheses, methods and contributions of the project. These internal peer reviews are valid for a maximum of 5 years but the ACC has the right to request new peer review at any time, especially if the goals have significantly changed.
For McGill-based investigators requesting peer review for their project, please contact the person in your Faculty:
- Faculty of Medicine: riac.med [at] mcgill.ca (Office of the Associate Dean (Research))
- Faculty of Science: Associate Dean Dr. DPRECUP [at] CS.MCGILL.CA (subject: Request%20for%20internal%20peer%20review%20for%20scientific%20merit%20on%20animal%20research%20project) (Doina Precup)
- Faculty of Dentistry: Associate Dean Dr. MARYAM.TABRIZIAN [at] MCGILL.CA (subject: Request%20for%20internal%20peer%20review%20for%20scientific%20merit%20on%20animal%20research%20project) (Maryam Tabrizian)
- Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: research.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca (Office of the Associate Dean (Research)). For information on the request, please click here.
For hospital-based research institutes, please contact your Institute Director’s Office.