Research-related Accidents and Illnesses and Violations of the NIH Guidelines
The NIH (National Institutes of Health) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules require submission of a report to the NIH of “any significant problems, violations of the Guidelines, or any significant research-related accidents and illnesses.” The Guidelines also require reporting to state and local authorities any research-related accident or illnesses that may be hazardous to public health.
The IBC protocol for reporting any significant problems or violations of the NIH Guidelines or any significant research-related accidents or illnesses follows the steps indicated below:
- The Principal Investigator reports in writing to the Biological Safety Officer.
- The Biosafety Officer reports the incident to the IBC Chairperson and Director of Research Integrity and Assurance.
- The Biosafety Officer investigates the reported incident and reports to the IBC Chairperson.
- The IBC Chairperson makes the report to the NIH on behalf of the IBC and the University.
- The Biosafety Officer contacts local health officials in the event that the incident may affect public health.
- The IBC Chair reviews the incident with the IBC at the next regularly convened meeting or sooner, depending upon the nature of the incident.
Report a Concern
- Understand and follow principles of conduct in the comportment of their University obligations,
- Ensure that they and the staff who report to them are aware of and operate in compliance with applicable laws and policies, and
- Report incidents of non-compliance or concerns.