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The Office of Research Support (ORS) does not administer or oversee HOP policy 5-2011 or training related to the policy. ORS administers HOP policy 7-1210, “Promoting Objectivity in Research by Managing, Reducing or Eliminating Financial Conflicts of Interest” so if you conduct research and have:

  1. Not submitted a Financial Interest Disclosure (FID), you will need to complete mandatory training and file a FID. Instructions for completing these requirements are located at
  2. Previously submitted a FID, you are not required to complete additional training nor re-disclose the same information to comply with the UTS 180/HOP 5-2011 policy requirements.   However, you may have other responsibilities under that policy.

HOP policy 5-2011 QUESTIONS? Contact the Provost’s Office or call Mike Kerker, Associate Vice Provost at (512) 471-2694.

About the Institutional Biosafety Committee

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It is the responsibility of The University of Texas at Austin (University) Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) to review, approve and oversee the use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules (rsNA) research, biohazardous agents, materials and toxins in all research or teaching activities conducted at or sponsored by the University.

The mission of the Institutional Biosafety Committee is to ensure the University safeguards human health and the environment by maintaining an adherence with:

The University IBC reviews research and teaching activities using the following materials:

Through a balance of outreach and support for research personnel, the IBC will:

  • Assure activities meet the ethical and legal requirements for the responsible use of rsNA, biohazardous agents, materials and toxins.
  • Establish policies and make recommendations to the University regarding such activities.
  • Minimize risks to the research personnel, community and the environment by educating the University community regarding the regulatory requirements for the use of rsNA, biohazardous agents, materials and toxins.