Media Advisory

Tuesday, June 14, 2022


National Institutes of Health to Host Virtual Stakeholder Engagement Meeting on U.S. Government Agenda dual-use life science research oversight policies of concern (DURC).

DURC is life science research that, based on current knowledge, may reasonably yield knowledge, information, products or technologies that could be directly misapplied and pose a significant threat with potential broad consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and others. plants, animals, the environment, material or national security.

There are two complementary government oversight policies for DURC that aim to preserve the benefits of life science research while minimizing the risk that the knowledge, information, products or technologies generated by such research may be used in other ways. in a way that results in damage:

US Government Policy for DURC Life Sciences Oversight (2012)
U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of DURC Life Sciences (2014)

To ensure U.S. government policies keep pace with changing science and society, the NIH is hosting a virtual stakeholder engagement meeting to gather feedback from stakeholders on their implementation experiences. implementation of policies, the effect of those policies in terms of achieving their stated objectives, the overall definition of DURC, and possible alternative approaches to monitoring and responsible conduct of DURC. The comments will also be used to inform the discussions of the National Scientific Advisory Board for Biosafety in fulfilling their current duty to assess and analyze DURC policies.

Please note that this meeting was originally intended to be a hybrid meeting held in person in Tempe, Arizona. However, to ensure the health and safety of all guests and to get maximum input from stakeholders, the NIH has decided to make this meeting entirely virtual.


Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT


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Information on how to to participate.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH):The NIH, the country’s medical research agency, comprises 27 institutes and centers and is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The NIH is the primary federal agency that conducts and supports basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and studies the causes, treatments, and cures for common and rare diseases. For more information about the NIH and its programs, visit

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