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
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.
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
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