Research Integrity & Compliance
Research Integrity & Compliance (RIC) supports Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) operations; oversees export control and financial conflicts of interest reviews; provides veterinary animal care and consultation; and subject matter expertise on promoting research integrity and compliance with federal regulations.
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Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)
The purpose of this is to establish regular review of United States Government funded or conducted research with certain high-consequence pathogens and toxins for its potential to be dual use research of concern (DURC) in order to:
(a) mitigate risks where appropriate; and
(b) collect information needed to inform the development of an updated policy, as needed, for the oversight of DURC.
The fundamental aim of this oversight is to preserve the benefits of life sciences research while minimizing the risk of misuse of the knowledge, information, products, or technologies provided by such research.
Agents and toxins:
- Avian influenza virus (highly pathogenic)
- Bacillus anthracis
- Botulinum neurotoxin
- Burkholderia mallei
- Burkholderia pseudomallei
- Ebola virus
- Foot-and-mouth disease virus
- Francisella tularensis
- Marburg virus
- Reconstructed 1918 Influenza virus
- Rinderpest virus
- Toxin-producing strains of Clostridium botulinum
- Variola major virus
- Variola minor virus
- Yersinia pestis
For more information, please see the United States Government Policy for Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern.
What are Export Controls?
Federal export control laws regulate the export of goods, technology, related technical data, and some services in order to protect national security and the domestic economy. While these laws are not new, they have received more attention after the events of 9/11. Today concerns about national security have led to stricter interpretation and enforcement of export control laws.
Export Control Regulations:
- Export Administration Regulations (EAR) - Implemented by the department of Commerce for items that have both a commercial and potential military use.
- International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) - Implemented by the Department of State for military items and defense services.
The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions to protect foreign policy and national security goals.
Is anything excluded from export control laws?
Two exclusions that are particularly relevant to academic research include the fundamental research exclusion and teh public domain exclusion. More information about these and other exclusions can be found on the Export Control FAQ's page.
How can export controls affect my research?
Export control laws define "export' as not only the physical transfer or disclosure of an item outside the US, but also as the transfer/disclosure of a controlled item or information within the US to anyone who is a foreign national (not a US Citizen or permanent resident. This is known as the deemed export rule. In some cases, the University may be required to obtain prior approval from the government (known as an export license) before allowing the participation of foreign national faculty, staff, or students to be involved in affected research. In some cases, a license may not be available at all based on the country involved.
Licenses may also be required for:
- Presentation/discussion of previously unpublished research at conferences and meetings where foreign national scholars may be in attendance
- Research collaborations with foreign nationals and technical exchange programs
- Transfers of research equipment abroad
- Visits to your lab by foreign scholars
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
In compliance with federal regulations, the President of North Dakota State University has appointed an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee NDSU's animal program, facilities, and procedures.
The use of live vertebrate animals in any research, teaching, testing, or exhibition conducted by any NDSU faculty, staff, students, visiting faculty or other representatives of NDSU; or conducted at any NDSU facilities (including satellite facilities), must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to the project's initiation.
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
The NDSU Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) assures the safe use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, infectious agents, human blood, bodily fluids and tissues and maintains compliance with federal regulations and University policies.
North Dakota State University has established biosafety policy and procedure in accordance with the NIH Guidelines to ensure safe use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids by NDSU investigators. In addition, the NDSU Institutional Biosafety Committee, in collaboration with the Office of Safety and Environmental Health, approves and oversees all activities using infectious agents, human blood, bodily fluids and tissues.
For more information, contact:
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
North Dakota State University is committed to protecting the rights, safety and welfare of all individuals participating in NDSU research projects. Research with human subjects is conducted in accordance with regulations of the Dept. of Health & Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, and other applicable agencies (see NDSU Policy #345). These protections ensure that: risks to participants are minimized, risks are reasonable in relation to benefits, recruitment procedures are fair, subjects are sufficiently informed and able to make a voluntary choice, their privacy and confidentiality are respected, and extra protections are in place for vulnerable groups.
NDSU holds an approved FederalWide Assurance (FWA) with the Office of Human Research Protections (DHHS). #FWA00002439 Expires September 28, 2020.
Research Conflict of Interest
Conflicts of interest in research are situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, an investigator's judgment in conducting or reporting research.
If you have any questions, please contact Julie Sherwood via email or by phone (701.231.8908).
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Responsible conduct of research(RCR) is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. In general terms, responsible conduct in research is simply good citizenship applied to professional life.
RCR encompasses nine areas: research misconduct, human participants, research involving animals, data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership, mentor/trainee responsibilities, publication practices and responsible authorship, peer review, collaborative science, and conflicts of interest.
For more information on RCR training requirements, please visit our website or contact Julie Sherwood (701.231.8908).
Working with Controlled Substances in Research
There are several registration categories depending on what type of work will be done using the controlled substances.
- If you are a researcher AND a practitioner (e.g. MD, DVM) click here for instructions and resources on how to obtain a DEA registration.
- If you are NOT a practitioner, click here for instructions and resources on how to obtain a DEA registration.