Regulatory compliance and reporting - DURC

What is Dual-Use Research of Concern (DURC)? What are the requirements for DURC?

Dual-use research of concern is defined as research with the potential for misuse that may threaten public health or national security.

The United States Government Policy for Oversight of Life Sciences Dual-Use Research of Concern lists the agents and toxins that are regulated by the Select Agent Program under Federal law (7 CFR part 331, 9 CFR part 121, and 42 CFR part 73) and have the potential to pose a severe threat to human, animal, or plant health or to animal and plant products.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) convened and manages the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to address DURC issues. Please visit the Office of Biotechnology Activities website for more information. A number of publications on DURC management are provided on the NSABB Documents page.

Bio-Rad cannot provide any information about specific research regulations. Please consult with your institution’s biosafety, ethics, and regulatory bodies with questions about DURC compliance.