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Re-endorsed: May 30, 2019

Background

Research, teaching, and training covered under the scope of the Tufts University/Tufts Medical Center Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) must be performed in accordance with the current edition of the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, the NIH/CDC publication Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, and local regulations. The NIH Guidelines require that any significant problems or violations be reported to the Office of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health within 30 days and some issues must be reported on a more expedited basis. These issues may also be reportable to other regulatory bodies, as needed.

Whistleblower Policy

 The IBC provides the following methods that may be used to report any deficiency, non-compliance, or violation involving the use of IBC-covered biological materials at Tufts University or Tufts Medical Center:

  1. Contact:
  1. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may leave a message on the University’s 24-hour hotline (617) 636-2492, which is specifically designated for reporting research misconduct. It is managed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Alternatively, concerns can be registered through the EthicsPoint website or by calling (866) 384-4277. Indicate “Tufts University” as the organization. Anonymous reports will be handled in the same fashion as other reports.
  2. For concerns associated specifically with Select Agents, you can also report to the Office of Inspector General (OIG)’s confidential hotline. Please ensure that you indicate that it is a “Select Agent Complaint.” For the US Department of Health and Human Services, call 1-800-447-8477 or submit a report online. For the US Department of Agriculture, call 800-424-9121 or submit a report online.

Reported issues will be investigated and solutions will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Verification will be provided to the complainant (if known) that the report has been received and the issue is under investigation. After a report is received, if it is determined to be an issue requiring an IBC investigation, the resolution will be reported in the IBC’s Minutes.