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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.

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

GUIDELINES for RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SPECIMEN COLLECTION

The following are biosafety recommendations for the collection of human specimens.  Examples of human specimens collected at the University for research includes saliva, cheek swabs and blood. Human specimens have the potential to contain agents that can cause disease and are considered biohazardous.  Some body fluids such as sweat and urine are not generally known to contain agents and not considered biohazardous.  The processing or testing of biohazardous human specimens should be done at Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2).

Biosafety Practices for the Collection of Human Specimens:

Collection of Saliva and Cheek/Mouth Swabs

While non-bloody saliva is not subject to the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, there are biosafety concerns from pathogens other than Hepatitis viruses or HIV.  In some cases, saliva may contain trace amounts of blood that are not directly visible to the eye.  This may allow for the saliva to contain blood borne pathogens. 
While the potential for saliva to cause disease is relatively low, saliva does have the ability to harbor a number of disease agents including:

  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Hepatitis virus
  • HIV
  • Herpes simplex
  • Human T-Lymphotropic virus (HTLV)
  • Influenza (including H1N1)
  • Malaria
  • Staphylococcus
  • Streptococcus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Rhinovirus (common cold)
  • Rabies
For this reason, it is recommended that research involving the collection human saliva and mouth swabs be conducted using the same biosafety practices for collecting human specimens.

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