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Important: All Labs Must Complete Federal Mandated Survey

New federal mandates from national funding agencies are requiring all University of Utah laboratories to report usage/non-usage for biological materials.

In order to ensure compliance with federal policies, principal investigators of all laboratories must complete this brief SURVEY by July 31, 2019.

Laboratories must determine whether they do or do not work with biological materials. “Biological materials” are defined as:

  • Recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules research as defined by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
  • Human Samples and Cell Lines
  • Non-Human Primate Samples and Cell Lines
  • The creation of transgenic or knockout animals where nucleic acids have been added to a genome.
  • Genetically engineered plants, including the creation, propagation or use of such plants, or use of plants together with microorganisms or insects containing recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules
  • Pathogenic microorganisms
  • Acute biological toxins (with an LD50 < or = 100ug/kg)
  • Select Agents (Federal Select Agent Program List)
  • Infectious Proteins

Additionally, the survey requires that all laboratories working with the above-mentioned biological materials must complete a registration in BioRAFT for review and approval by the Institutional Biosafety committee first, if previously unregistered. BioRAFT can be accessed HERE.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Biosafety Office. Please share this link and message with the appropriate research faculty/administration within your college. Thank you.


Andrew S. Weyrich
Vice President for Research
The University of Utah

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Last Updated: 4/13/21