Liberty University is bound by federal, state, and local regulations regarding the use of recombinant DNA and biohazardous materials. The following information is provided to assist researchers in better understanding the laws and regulations regarding the use of such materials in research and teaching.
United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
HHS is a department of the United States government responsible for enhancing and protecting the health and well-being of all Americans. Several agencies fall under the purview of HHS, including the National Institutes of Health, the FDA, and the CDC.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH is a part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The NIH is an agency responsible for overseeing medical research in an attempt to improve national health and safety.
NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP)
According to OSP’s website, “OSP’s various offices and programs work on a wide range of issues including biosafety, biosecurity, genetic testing, genomic data sharing, human subjects protections, the organization and management of the NIH, and the outputs and value of NIH-funded research. This is accomplished through a wide range of analyses and reports, commentary on emerging policy proposals, and the development of policy proposals for consideration by NIH, the Federal government, and the public.”
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC is responsible for detecting, responding to, and protecting against new and emerging health threats. Methods for laboratory safety are also consistently reviewed and updated by the CDC to protect against the spread of disease in research settings.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The USDA is a broad government organization that provides oversight on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and other issues related to public policy. The USDA has oversight regarding plant and animal services, including various select agents, toxins, and genetically modified plants.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
APHIS is a branch of the USDA responsible for promoting and protecting agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, and administering the Animal Welfare Act. Additionally, APHIS is responsible for monitoring and implementing safety protocols regarding select agents and toxins.