The University of Wisconsin–Madison will meet the requirements stated in the United States Government (USG) Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern. This policy requires institutions to provide education and training on Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) for individuals conducting life sciences research with one or more of the agents listed in the USG Policy and to maintain records of such education and training for the term of the research grant or contract plus three years after its completion.
The Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research (ICDUR) will ensure education and training materials are available to all principal investigators (PI) and researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as members of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Biosecurity Task Force.
The education and training requirements will include:
- Training describing DURC and the USG Policy fundamentals as well as the University of Wisconsin–Madison DURC review process.
- Scenario training covering the different combinations of research that require the individual to assess the risk of the research and determine whether or not they are DURC and, thus, fall under the USG Policy.
- Research with one of the agents listed in the USG Policy, but none of the seven experimental effects.
- Research with one of the agents listed in the USG Policy, at least one of the seven experimental effects, and determined to be DUR
- Research with one of the agents listed in the USG Policy, at least one of the seven experimental effects, and determined to be DURC.
- Research with an agent NOT listed in the USG Policy, at least one of the seven experimental effects, and determined to be DURC.
- Assessments for each training session will be done to demonstrate understanding and knowledge.
PIs and researchers will be required to take this training every three years.
IBC and Biosecurity Task Force members will be required to receive the training describing DURC and USG Policy fundamentals every three years. New members of the committee will be trained when they join one of the committees.