If your research involves the use of any of the materials listed below, you will need to register these items with the Biosafety Office. Please note that Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) approval may also be required. Possession of materials counts, even if the materials are not in active use. Consequently, if you have items from a previous lab experience or research project that are sitting in a refrigerator or freezer pending a potential future use or disposal “one of these days,” these materials do need to be registered.
Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
The NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) requires IBC oversight of many aspects of work involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. The form for registering these materials is located here.
Potential Infectious Agents or Pathogens
Johns Hopkins policy, and, for certain agents, US Government law, requires the registration of potentially infectious agents and/or pathogens. Agents that have been identified by the US Government as Select Agents, or as having the potential for constituting Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC), require additional oversight. The form for registering potentially infectious or pathogenic materials is located here.
Biological Toxins (loosely defined as toxins isolated from a biological organism)
Johns Hopkins policy, and, for certain toxins, US Government law, requires the registration of biological toxins. Toxins that have been identified by the US Government as Select Agents, or as having the potential for constituting Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC), require additional oversight. The form for registering biological toxins is the same as that for potentially infectious or pathogenic materials and is located here.
Human-derived Tissues or Body Fluids Including Cell Lines
Johns Hopkins policy requires the registration of human-derived materials for research use, including tissues, body fluids, and cell lines. The form for registering human-derived materials is located here.
Additional information may be found at the JHU Biosafety, IBC, and/or IRE (DURC).
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