On May 6, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released an expanded and unified Policy for Oversight of Dual Use Research of Concern and Pathogens with Enhanced Pandemic Potential.

This new U.S. government-wide policy, which combines the current dual use research of concern and enhanced potential pandemic pathogen oversight frameworks, expands the scope of research requiring additional scrutiny and strengthens our partnership with institutions to ensure robust review and oversight.

If you have questions regarding the policy and/or questions regarding any impacts the new policy may have on your research or instructional activities and/or active Institutional Biosafety Committee protocols, please contact the Institutional Biosafety Committee program office (ibc@vt.edu).