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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 http://www.utexas.edu/research/rsc/coi/training.html.
  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.

*If you have questions concerning the other policy, HOP policy 5-2011, “Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, & Outside Activities,” you should contact the Provost’s Office evpp_coi@austin.utexas.edu.

IBC Registration and Protocol Forms

The University of Texas at Austin requires all research and teaching activities that involve or use recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules (rsNA) and biohazardous agents, materials, and toxins are registered with the IBC. Registration of these activities and materials with the IBC requires the submission and approval of rDNA and Biosafety protocols.

rDNA Protocol is for research or teaching activities that involve or use recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules:

  • Cloning and expressing recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid sequences or proteins including recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules activities exempt from the NIH Guidelines
  • Using, synthesizing, or amplifying recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules that can replicate in a living cell or can base pair with naturally occurring nucleic acid molecules
  • Genetically modify infectious, pathogenic, or opportunistically pathogenic organisms or use, culture, or genetically modify Select Agents
  • Cloning and/or expressing toxins or toxin subunits with LD50 less than 100 mg/kg BW including Select Toxins
  • Using recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, genetically modified cells, or genetically modified organisms in animals
  • Using, creating, propagating, or releasing into the environment genetically modified microorganisms, cells, plants, or animals including insects
  • Using or creating recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules modified or manipulated (e.g., encapsulated into synthetic or natural vehicles) to render them capable of penetrating cellular membranes
  • The culture of any recombinant microorganisms greater than 10 liters
  • Using or modifying agents or toxins that can pose a significant threat to public health and safety, agricultural crops, the environment, or national security as Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

rDNA Protocol Forms https://utdirect.utexas.edu/vr/recom_dna.WBX


Biosafety Protocol is for research or teaching activities that involve or use recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, biohazardous agents, materials, and toxins:

  • Any activity using recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules that is non-exempt from the NIH Guidelines or requires greater than or equal to BSL-2 or ABSL-2 containment
  • Any activity involving infectious, pathogenic, or opportunistically pathogenic organisms
  • The collection, use, or testing of animals (including fluids, tissue, or cells) known to be reservoirs of zoonotic diseases
  • Any activity involving biological toxins with LD50 less than 100 mg/kg BW including
  • The collection, use, or testing of human or nonhuman primate body fluids, cells, or tissue
  • The use of human cell lines or tissue in animals
  • The culture of microorganisms greater than 10 liters
  • Any activity involving Select Agents, Select Toxins, or Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) that can pose a significant threat to public health and safety, agricultural crops, the environment, or national security

Biosafety Protocol Forms https://utdirect.utexas.edu/vr/biosafety.WBX


Other Resources

NIH Guidelines

Word DocumentrDNA and Biosafety Protocol Risk Assessment and Guidelines Checklist

Word DocumentrDNA Exempt Form

For questions or assistance regarding rDNA or Biosafety registrations contact the IBC at ibc@austin.utexas.edu.