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Reporting Potential Incidents Involving Breaches of Biocontainment or Biosecurity

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Standard Operating Procedure Table of Contents

Purpose

To report potential incidents involving the accidental release, occupational exposure, theft, unauthorized access, or loss of pathogens and toxins that require biosafety level (BSL) 3 or higher biocontainment.

Emphasize that reporting to us doesn't cover reporting to other entitites.

Procedure

Background

NIAID-funded domestic and foreign research involving highly pathogenic agents must be conducted in BSL 3 or higher biocontainment facilities.

Recipients of NIAID funds must comply with its terms and conditions of award and provide assurances to NIAID that they will comply with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations.

The NIAID Term of Award for Highly Pathogenic Agents defines such agents as those that may warrant a biocontainment safety level of BSL-3 or higher, according to Biosafety in Microbiological and Medical Laboratories.

While NIH does not regulate the use of these agents, the NIH Office of Extramural Research has defined awardee and NIAID responsibilities, including notification of the funding institute of institutional or regulatory body investigations of certain reportable events—see NIH's Select Agent Information for details.

Awardees

Notify the following parties of a potential incident involving the accidental release, occupational exposure, theft, unauthorized access, or loss of pathoIgens and toxins that require BSL-3 or higher biocontainment.

  • Appropriate federal regulatory agency and local regulatory officials. Report events promptly.
  • Your institutional business office.
  • Your NIAID program officer.
    • Keep in mind that notifying NIAID alone does not fulfill your obligation.
    • NIAID treats reports of potential incidents involving breaches of biocontainment or biosecurity confidentially.

NIAID staff

Go to the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors. Responding to Reports of Potential Incidents Involving Breaches of Biocontainment or Biosecurity SOP.

Contacts

Ann Devine, adevine@niaid.nih.gov, 301-402-5601

If you have knowledge to share or want more information on this topic, email deaweb@niaid.nih.gov with the title of this page or its URL and your question or comment. Thanks for helping us clarify and expand our knowledge base.

Links

NIAID's Biodefense and Select Agents portal

NIAID Biodefense and Related Programs

Select Agent Information, NIH Office of Extramural Research

National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition, CDC

 

Last Updated February 07, 2012

Last Reviewed February 09, 2011