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Research Responsibilities and Compliance

Biosafety Study Team Requirements

Research protocols submitted to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) may be subject to training requirements.

System Registration

In order for any individual to be listed on an IBC protocol they must be provisioned an account in the e-Protocol system by completing the e-Protocol registration. Individuals who have not registered will not have access to e-Protocol and will not be available for selection as study team members in the system. e-Protocol Training modules have been designed to help researchers more easily navigate the e-Protocol system.


IACUC Animal Study Approval

Ohio State’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) requires that all personnel complete mandatory training courses and registries for the use of animals in research.

Research/Biosafety Training

  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training: Research involving human blood, body fluids, human pathogens, human cell lines, or human tissues. In rare cases, this may apply to non-human primate tissues.
  • Biosafety Level 2 Practices
  • Biosafety Level 3 Practices and Procedures
  • Biological Safety Cabinets
  • Lentiviral Safety Training

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Each individual involved in an animal use protocol must have a current disclosure form on file.

Occupational Health Program

United States Department of Agriculture and Public Health Service regulations require a risk assessment as part of the Occupational Health Program. The assessment is mandatory for all staff, employees, students and volunteers who have direct or indirect exposure to animals used in research. Students whose exposure to animals is limited to classroom activities only are not required to complete the form. 

The initial evaluation submitted via the Online Risk Assessment Tool (ORAT) establishes a baseline of an individual’s health and potential exposure risks. Subsequent updates help assess an individual’s changing risks. In many cases, an initial risk assessment is all that is necessary. For some individuals, however, a clinical examination and vaccination(s) may be required as well.

Recombinant DNA

Principal Investigators and any lab personnel working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids are required to complete the appropriate training course in BuckeyeLearn that covers the NIH Guideline Basics. The specific course required (general, plant or human gene transfer) will depend on the type of research that you are conducting. You are only required to take one course. An 80% or higher quiz score is needed to meet the NIH Guideline training requirement.

This training will help personnel be aware of the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and the applicable sections pertaining to their research.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The university requires all individuals eligible to conduct research to be trained in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). All research eligible individuals must take the CITI RCR course.