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Agents, Toxins, and Experiment Categories
Federal Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) definitions could potentially encompass a number of life science research projects at Georgia Tech. However, the current scope of the federal policy has been limited to the following agents/toxins and categories of experiments.
Research must involve both a listed agent/toxin and category of experiment to be deemed potential DURC.
|Agents and Toxins||Categories of Experiments|
Georgia Tech Assessments
- Georgia Tech investigators working with biological/infectious agents or experiments involving recombinant/synthetic nucleic acid molecules answer screening questions related to the above-listed agents and types of experiments when they submit registration documents with the Biological Materials Safeguards Committee (BMSC) or Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), respectively.
- The BMSC and IBC notify the IRE and Export Control office for parallel review when potential DURC has been identified during the respective review process.
- The IRE conducts a Risk Assessment to determine if the research meets the definition of DURC and communicates this with the appropriate funding agency. The Export Control office conducts a review to determine if the research meets the definition of Fundamental Research and documents the export jurisdiction.
- The IRE develops a Draft Risk Mitigation Plan and submits it to the appropriate funding agency for review.
- Once approved, Georgia Tech implements the Risk Mitigation Plan (which is reviewed annually).