Protocol Submission Deadlines & Who to Submit to (Animal Research & Teaching)

Who is this for?

Anyone involved with animal research or teaching at the University of Toronto (U of T), including those in the following roles.

  • Professor, Faculty Member
  • Teaching Stream Faculty
  • Principal Investigator Assistants (PIAs) with My Research Animal Protocol (MRAP) privileges

What do I need before I can begin?

If the project you are proposing does not have peer reviewed funding, please refer to Peer Review for Scientific Merit to determine the process for obtaining scientific merit review at U of T.

If the project you are proposing is for teaching, please refer to Requirements for Animal Use in Teaching for the process for obtaining pedagogical merit review at U of T

A valid UTORid for access to My Research Animal Protocols.

Animal Use Protocol Submissions

Animal Use Protocols (AUPs) (original submissions, renewals, or amendments) must be submitted via My Research Animal Protocols (MRAP) by 11:59pm on the following dates to allow the Local Animal Care Committee (LACC) sufficient time to review each AUP prior to the monthly meeting. Submissions received after the deadline will be deferred to the next meeting.

Minor amendments that only involve administrative changes (e.g., additions/removal of research personnel) are eligible for expedited review and approval by the Animal Ethics & Compliance Manager (AECM).

For additional information see My Research Animal Protocols.

Submission Deadlines and LACC Meeting Dates

Health Sciences LACC

If you are using animals for research or teaching and you work out of a Division of Comparative Medicine animal facility, such as the Medical Sciences Building (MSB) or the Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research (CCBR), you will submit your protocol to the Health Sciences LACC.

AUP Submission Deadline Meeting Date
Monday, August 15, 2022 Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Monday, September 19, 2022 Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Monday, October 17, 2022 Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Monday, November 21, 2022 Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Monday, December 5, 2022* Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Monday, January 16, 2023 Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Monday, February 13, 2023 Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Monday, March 20, 2023 Wednesday, April 5, 2022
Monday, April 17, 2023 Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Monday, May 22, 2023 Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Monday, June 12, 2023 Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Monday, July 17, 2023 Wednesday, August 2, 2023

* early due to holiday closure


Biological Sciences LACC

If you are using animals for research or teaching and you work out of the Biological Support Facility (BSF), University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), or University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) animal facilities, you will submit your AUP to the Biological Sciences LACC. All field work is also reviewed by the Biological Sciences LACC.

AUP Submission Deadline Meeting Date
Monday, August 1, 2022 Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Monday, September 5, 2022 Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Monday, October 3, 2022 Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Monday, October 31, 2022 Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Monday, November 28, 2022** Tuesday, December 13, 2022**
Monday, January 2, 2023 Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Monday, February 6, 2023 Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Monday, March 6, 2023 Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Monday, April 3, 2023 Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Monday, May 1, 2023 Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Monday, June 5, 2023 Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Monday, July 3, 2023 Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Monday, July 31, 2023 Tuesday, August 15, 2023

** early submission date and meeting date due to holiday closure

Interim Review

The interim review mechanism was put in place to allow the expedited review of AUPs that cannot wait for review until the next meeting. Any AUP submission (original submissions, renewals, or amendments) that has ‘interim review’ requested, must include clear justification for interim review.

The AECM will determine if the justification provided is sufficient grounds for interim review, as it requires significant resources for the LACC to perform interim reviews. If an interim review is not explicitly requested and justified, the submission will be assigned to the next available LACC meeting for review.

Please note that all submissions that undergo interim review and approval are subject to full committee review at the next available LACC meeting and should only be considered provisionally approved until they have received full committee approval.


  • Coordinate the ethical review of all AUPs through the two U of T LACCs

VPRI Contact


General Inquiries: Animal Ethics & Compliance Unit

Research Oversight & Compliance Office (ROCO)
(416) 978-1134

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