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1 THE NIH RECOMBINANT DNA 2002 GUIDELINES East Carolina University September 5, 2007

2 INTRODUCTION The National Institutes of Health ( NIH ) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules is the reference document for research compliance with recombinant DNA molecules.


4 REGULATORY OVERVIEW If your institution receives Federal funding, then it must comply with the NIH Guidelines for recombinant DNA research. Even if a project is privately sponsored, that research experiment must still be conducted in accordance with the NIH Guidelines.

5 DEFINITIONS Defined as either: 1. Molecules constructed outside living cells by joining natural or synthetic DNA segments to DNA molecules that can replicate in a living cell; or 2. DNA molecules that result from the replication of those described above.

6 SOMETHING TO REMEMBER Non-compliance to the NIH Guidelines may result in: forfeiture of funding suspensions or other limitations a requirement for NIH review and approval for all recombinant DNA research


8 RISK GROUPS CLASSIFICATION OF ORGANISMS Risk Group 1: not known to cause disease 2: rarely serious disease, with therapeutic intervention 3: serious, lethal disease with therapeutic intervention 4: serious, lethal disease with no therapeutic intervention

9 RISK ASSESSMENT Review classification of organism Review research procedures to be performed Assess available facility/physical barriers (biosafety levels) Potential for inadvertent release Other factors, such as volume, concentration, replication competency

10 CONTAINMENT Standard practices Special procedures, equipment Available facility/facility design Biological barriers


12 IBC = ECU Institutional Biological Safety Committee RAC = U.S. Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee IRB = ECU Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects) OBA = NIH Office of Biotechnology Assessment Abbreviations

13 SECTION III-A Major Actions Requires: IBC, RAC, NIH Director Review and Approval prior to the initiation of work Drug resistance to organisms Prevent compromise to agriculture/medicine

14 SECTION III-B Requires: NIH/OBA, IBC Review and Approval Before Initiation of Work Containment determined by NIH /OBA Example: Deliberate Cloning of Toxin Molecules Lethal to Vertebrates at an LD50 of Less Than 100 Nanograms/Kg of Body Weight (e.g., Botulinum Toxin)

15 SECTION III-C Deliberate Transfer of Recombinant DNA into Research Participants Requires: RAC Review, IBC, and IRB Review and Approval Before Participant Enrollment Requires RAC Review prior to local institutional review. Must be reviewed by NIH prior to research participant enrollment.

16 SECTION III-D Requires IBC Review Prior to the Initiation of Work Requires: IBC Review and Approval prior to the initiation of work Involves RG 2-4 agents, host/vector system Cloned DNA from RG 2-4 agents into non- pathogenic prokaryotes RG 2-4 agents into whole animals, usually transgenic Recombinant plants

17 SECTION III-E IBC notification at the initiation of work Requires: IBC notification at the initiation of work (BL-1 containment) DNA Contains Less than 2/3 viral genome Transgenic Rodents with ABSL1 containment Whole Plants-minimal containment required

18 SECTION III-F Exempt Exempt from the NIH Guidelines and Requires Biological Safety Verfication Recombinant DNA that is: Not in Organisms Not a risk to the environment

19 ECU Researchers are advised to consult with Biological Safety to verify the NIH classification of their planned work.


21 RESPONSIBILITIES EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Ensure compliance with NIH Guidelines Establish IBC Appoint a Biosafety Officer Ensure IBC has expertise in the research that is reviewed Establish a medical surveillance program as needed Report all accidents to the NIH

22 IBC MEMBER THE BIOSAFETY OFFICER When the institution conducts recombinant DNA research at BL3, BL4, or Large Scale (greater than 10 Liters), a Biological Safety Officer is mandatory and shall be a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (see section lV-B-3, Biological Safety Officer).

23 RESPONSIBILITIES IBC(SECTION IV-B-2) The Institutional Biosafety Committee must be composed of no fewer than five members so selected that they collectively have experience and expertise in recombinant DNA technology and the capability to assess the safety of recombinant DNA research and to identify any potential risk to public health or the environment. (IV-B-2-a-(1)


25 RESPONSIBILITIES IBC-IRB JOINT REVIEW Sponsored Phase 1 clinical trials If the East Carolina University is part of a non- NIH funded Phase 1 Clinical Trial protocol and receives NIH funding for other research, it is obligated to review the non- NIH sponsored research and follow the NIH Guidelines or possibly lose NIH funding for all research.

26 RESPONSIBILITIES IBC-IRB INTERACTION The East Carolina University Institutional Review Board (IRB) protects human subjects The IBC protects the researchers and environment The IRB and IBC must jointly review gene therapy applications. Approval of each committee is coordinated with the other; NO work proceeds until both approve.

27 IBC GENE THERAPY EVALUATION The IBC shall evaluate: adverse events in previous clinical trials and animal studies to predict the potential of similar events in future trials the appropriate level of monitoring for potential microbial shedding /contamination of the environment or personnel

28 IRB GENE THERAPY EVALUATION It is the responsibility of the IRB to determine: the risks to subjects (research participants) the anticipated benefits to subjects the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result the informed consent process to be employed

29 IBC-IACUC INTERACTIONS Certain Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviewed experiments require IBC review and approval: Section III-D-4, whole animals Section III-E-3, transgenic rodents Appendix Q: Containment requirements for large mammals Any introduction of biohazardous agents (shedding)

30 IBC-IACUC INTERACTIONS Both the IACUC and IBC must review of any of the aforementioned experiments. While the IACUC traditionally examines pain and suffering, euthanasia and vivaria housing, the IBC shall recommend good work practices with recombinant DNA as described in Animal Biosafety Levels 1-3.

31 IBC-IACUC INTERACTIONS The IBC and IACUC should also ensure: animal carcasses are properly disposed of infected animals are housed separately infected animals are transported safely infected animals do not infect humans

32 REPORTING ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS All laboratory accidents or incidents involving recombinant DNA molecules must be reported to NIH, OBA and the IBC. All adverse events in gene transfer experiments must be reported to NIH, OBA, the IBC and the IRB, even if thought not to be in conjunction with the gene transfer intervention.

33 RAC APPROVAL The Institutional Biosafety Committee may not authorize initiation of experiments which are not explicitly covered by the NIH Guidelines until NIH (with the advice of the RAC when required) establishes the containment requirement. lV-B-2- b-(8)

34 CONCLUSION This presentation was designed to inform the audience on the key provisions of the NIH 2002 Guidelines. The IBC must interact as necessary with other institutional committees and ensure that research involving recombinant DNA molecules is adequately reviewed.

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