UW Research

Required Training

Dual Use Research for Concern (DURC) Training

Covers the DURC policy, how DURC is reviewed and managed at UW, and the responsibilities of persons conducting research involving agents and toxins subject to the United States Government (USG) Policy on DURC.

Who is required to take this training?

Required for Principal Investigators (PIs) with laboratories / research and all personnel working is such laboratories / research settings conducting research involving dual use agents.

Summary of the requirement

The United States Government published a policy on life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misused to pose a significant threat with broad consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, or national security.

Agents and toxins subject to DURC policy:

  • Botulinum neurotoxins (any quantity)
  • Avian influenza virus (highly pathogenic)
  • Bacillus anthracis
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei
  • Burkholderia mallei
  • Foot-and-mouth disease virus
  • Francisella tularensis
  • Marburg virus
  • Reconstructed 1918 influenza virus
  • Rinderpest virus
  • Toxin-producing strains of Clostridium botulinum
  • Yersinia pestis
  • Risk Group 4 agents not premitted at UW (Ebola virus, Marburg virus, Variola major and minor viruses)

Related policies and regulations