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On September 24, 2014, the USG released the United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) [FR Doc No: 2014-22770]. The Policy addresses institutional oversight of DURC, which includes policies, practices, and procedures to ensure DURC is identified and risk mitigation measures are implemented, where applicable. Institutional oversight of DURC is a critical component of a comprehensive oversight system since institutions are the most familiar with the life sciences research conducted in their facilities and are in the best position to promote and strengthen the responsible conduct and communication of DURC.
Learn More >> The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institutes of Health will co-host a public workshop on July 22, 2015, for interested stakeholders to discuss implementation of the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern. The purpose of the meeting is to inform and engage stakeholders; collect feedback about resources needed to effectively implement the policy; and discuss stakeholder experiences, challenges, and innovative practices. The workshop will include the sessions below: An interactive case study that will illustrate factors that investigators and institutions consider when determining whether research is subject to the Policy. A series of panels comprised of institutional representatives to share their respective approaches to identifying research subject to the policy, developing risk mitigation plans, and raising awareness and education about DURC. An open forum for participants to share individual stakeholder input on issues relating to interpretation and implementation of the policy.