Principal Investigators must keep in mind that it is their responsibility to guarantee the appropriate training of their students, associates, collaborators, and staff and to make sure that their research is in compliance with all pertinent regulations and institutional policies. Please note the following mandatory training requirements:
All research staff, regardless of previous training or experience, must complete a onetime Instructor-Led (in-class) Biosafety in Research Laboratories Training within 3 months of being added to a registration and renew this training with an online refresher webinar every 3 years. More information as well as class dates and times can be found here.
Within the last couple of years, the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules have been the focus of increased scrutiny by the Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) at NIH. As part of this, many research institutions across the nation were inspected, including our own.
We recognize that many of you have been working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids for years. However, there are significant changes that are important to know. Therefore, to ensure that everyone working with these procedures and systems at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center are aware of the regulations, we are requiring that all Principal Investigators with an active IBC approved Biological Materials Registration complete the training.
All new Principal Investigators are required to take the Principal Investigator Training on NIH Guidelines (Recombinant DNA and Synthetic Nucleic Acids) training once. There is no renewal required for this training. This is a requirement for all Principal Investigators regardless of whether or not they currently work with recombinant DNA and/or synthetic nucleic acids and must be completed within 3 months of a registration being approved. Please contact the IBC Office for the training presentation and quiz.
Use of some biohazardous agents will require additional training that is more specialized than what is offered in the Basic Biosafety seminar. Most of this training will be agent-specific and will be required by the IBC upon registration review. Thus, these trainings will be scheduled on an as needed basis. The staff listed on these registrations will be required to attend both the “Basic Biosafety” and the “Advanced Biosafety” trainings.
For more information on mandatory biosafety training and applicable regulations regarding training, please refer to our policy.