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Attention Principal Investigators

Please review this summary of your responsibilities as mandated by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules.  Contact the IBC with any questions.


Working with research animals?

Check the brief video posted by the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) on working in an Animal Biosafety Level 1 (ABSL-1) lab.


All CUA laboratory faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in a free online training course on Biosecurity offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Laboratory Biosecurity:

"Build Security into Good Laboratory Practices"

This training describes key principles for securing biological agents in research laboratories and biomedical facilities where loss, theft, release or intentional misuse of the agent might have significant public health or economic consequences. This training defines the term biosecurity, delineates differences and similarities between biosafety and biosecurity, and discusses components of a laboratory biosecurity program. For additional information, visit the CDC website.




Additional Guidance and Resources:

Environmental Health & Safety Manual: Chapter 9, Biosafety, which includes the CUA Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure plan and procedures for handling biological materials.


The CUA Institutional Biosafety Committee webpage offers registration documents and additional information for faculty and staff members planning research projects involving biological materials. Please remember all research projects involving recombinant DNA; infectious agents/materials; select agents; biological toxins; live animals; and human materials such as blood, cells, unfixed tissues and other potentially infectious materials must register with the CUA IBC prior to the beginning of any research activities. Select projects may require formal committee approval.


Lab personnel may require formal training as dictated by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, in areas such as Bloodborne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, or Hazard Communication. Contact EHS with any questions.


Please direct questions to the EHS office at (202) 319-5865, or