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The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules have been the focus of increased scrutiny by the Office of Science Policy (OSP) at NIH. As part of this, many research institutions across the nation were inspected, including our own.

The IBCs recognize that many investigators 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, the IBCs require that all Principal Investigators of an IBC Registration complete this one-time training. This is required whether or not the PI currently works with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids.

For Tufts/TMC users with Tufts credentials (Tufts UTLN / password), to create your registration profile, all you have to do is log in one time with your Tufts credentials at:

If you do not have a Tufts/TMC account, please email the IBC-Office and instructions on how to set up your account will be sent to you.

You must complete the entire module to ensure that all questions have been answered. To access the training and built-in checkpoint questions please go here.

You will also need to complete the Biosafety level 1 or Biosafety level 2 module depending on what Biosafety level your IBC registration is approved at.