UABSC Approval of Work involving Higher Risk Micro-Organisms Policy


Application


This policy applies to all staff and students of the University.

Purpose


This policy seeks to ensure:

  1. Work involving higher risk micro-organisms is carried out safely
  2. The University of Auckland Biological Safety Committee (UABSC) has expected oversight of work involving higher risk micro-organisms
  3. Researchers within the University have an opportunity for peer safety review of work involving higher risk micro-organisms

Policy


  1. All work involving micro-organisms having a classification of Risk Group 2 or higher according to the United States National Institute of Health publication “Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules” must receive prior approval from UABSC
  2. All work with higher risk micro-organisms must be undertaken within approved laboratories within University containment facilities
  3. Applications must be made in the first instance to the UABSC, Research Integrity Unit within the Research Office

Definitions


The following definitions apply to this policy:

Higher-risk micro-organisms are Risk Group 2, 3 and 4 micro-organisms (whether Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or unmodified micro-organisms)  as  defined by the  United  States National Institute of Health “Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules”

UABSC means the University of Auckland Biological Safety Committee

University means the University of Auckland and includes all subsidiaries

Key relevant documents


Include the following:

  • Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
  • United  States National Institute of Health “Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules”
  • University of Auckland Research Policy Manual
  • University of Auckland Research Guide for Academic Staff

Document management and control


Content manager: Director Research Management

Owned by: DVC (Research)

Approved by: University of Auckland Biological Safety Committee

Date approved:  August 2014

Date Issued: August 2016