Professional Standards

UAF Policy

Biosafety in Research & Teaching (UAF policy #05-005) specifies institutional requirements for all work involving recombinant DNA and/or infectious agents requiring biosafety level 2 or higher precautions.

Data retention:  This is a good discussion of data retention issues.

Code of Federal Regulations

Select Agent Regulations.  The National Select Agent Registry website has links to the the USDA and CDC portions of the Code of Federal Regulations that set forth the requirements for possession, use, and transfer of Select Agents and Toxins (lists).

Funding Agency Requirements

Investigator Responsibilities. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA).  This is a brief pamphlet that details the investigator's role in assuring compliance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving rDNA Molecules which is required for all NIH grants.

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules. Section IV-B-2 of the NIH Guidelines defines the requirement for review of recombinant DNA research by the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Memo from the Director of the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (12/6/04). This memo was issued to remind NIH grant recipients of the biosafety review and oversight requirements for projects involving recombinant DNA.

NSF Grant Proposal Guide (gpg101) is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process.

Biosafety Guidelines and Procedures

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules. Must be adhered to for all NIH funded research involving recombinant DNA molecules.

The 1, 2, 3's of Biosafety Levels. Covers the basic requirements for Biosafety Levels 1, 2 and 3. This presentation was written by Jonathan Y. Richmond, Ph.D., Director, Office of Health and Safety, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is adapted from the CDC/NIH 3rd edition of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (Link available below) .

Biosafety in Microbiological and BIomedical Laboratories (5th Edition).U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health, 5th Edition February 2007. This publication provides excellent information on Biosafety Levels 1-4 and specific guidance on biosafety precautions for handling a variety of infectious agents.

Infectious Agent Material Safety Data Sheets. Health Canada.

Scientific Organizations

American Biological Safety Association. The American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) was founded in 1984 to promote biosafety as a scientific discipline and serve the growing needs of biosafety professionals throughout the world. Its goals are to provide a professional association that represents the interests and needs of practitioners of biological safety, and to provide a forum for the continued and timely exchange of biosafety in formation.

American Society for Microbiology