The United States Government’s 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
Review and oversight of DURC are outlined in the University of California policy on DURC.
Resources and Education Materials
- Companion Guide to U.S. government policies for oversight of DURC
- FAQs on U.S. government policy for institutional oversight of life sciences DURC
- Case Studies on the Implementation of the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences DURC
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Public Health Emergency on Dual Use