Environmental Health & Safety

University of Colorado Boulder

Resources

Investigator Responsibilities under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules

General Description

The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) detail procedures and practices for the containment and safe conduct of various forms of research involving recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules, including research involving genetically modified plants and animals, and human gene transfer research.

All institutions that receive NIH funding for research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules must comply with the NIH Guidelines. Researchers at institutions that are subject to the NIH Guidelines must comply with the requirements even if their own projects are not funded by NIH.