What is DURC?
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) is defined as: life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has produced a short informational video to raise awareness and understanding about the issue of dual use life sciences research.
Watch the video “Dual Use Research: A Dialogue”
The United States Government’s (USG) oversight of DURC is aimed at preserving the benefits of life sciences research while minimizing the risk of misuse of the knowledge, information, products, or technologies provided by such research. There are two USG policies that address the oversight of life sciences DURC:
- The United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research Of Concern (September 2014) – describes the policies, practices, and procedures required to ensure DURC is identified and risk mitigation measures are implemented at the institutional level.
- The United States Government Policy for Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (March 2012) – establishes regular review by Federal agencies of USG-funded or conducted research with certain high-consequence pathogens and toxins for its DURC potential and to mitigate risks where appropriate.
DURC at CSU
Although few research activities at CSU would qualify as DURC under the definition in the Policy, CSU must comply with the USG Policy for Institutional Oversight of DURC where applicable. The Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office (RICRO) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), with assistance from the Office of Vice President for Research, have developed the CSU’s DURC policy. The effective date of the policy is September 24, 2015.
All research with DURC potential at CSU will be reviewed as outlined in the SOP for IRE Review and Risk Mitigation Process. Several tools (below) have been developed to assist investigator in assessing their work for DURC potential.
FAQ About DURC at CSU[hrf_faqs category=’DURC FAQ’]
- Training slide set: Training on the US Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Research of Concern
- FAQs on the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences DURC
- A Companion Guide to the U.S. Government Policies for Oversight of Life Sciences DURC
- Case Studies on the Implementation of the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences DURC
- USG Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Science Dual Use Research of Concern – released September 24, 2014
- United States Government Policy for Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (“March 2012 DURC Policy”)
- Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) general information on the USG Dual Use Research Policy
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy: DURC
Questions about DURC can be directed to the IBC Coordinator.