U.S. Government Public Consultation on Oversight of Dual Use Life Sciences Research


On July 15, 2008, the Federal government is sponsoring a public consultation to engage the scientific community and research organizations in a discussion of a framework for the oversight of dual use research proposed by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). The proposed framework, which has been formally submitted by the Board to the Federal government for its consideration, outlines key features of oversight of dual use research, including criterion for identifying dual use research of concern, the local oversight process, evaluation and risk assessment of research with dual use potential, responsible communication of research with dual use potential, considerations in developing codes of conduct, and the need for outreach and education.

The public consultation meeting will take place on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting will focus on a set of questions, included in Appendix 2 of the NSABB’s proposed oversight framework, on which the government would specifically like to solicit comment.

The meeting will be conducted as a series of panels where participants will be asked to discuss particular topics of interest to the government. Each panel will include ample time for public comment and in-depth discussion of the issues. Public comment is encouraged. Individuals wishing to make remarks should indicate their intent to do so by signing up the day of the meeting at the meeting site. Public comments will be limited to three minutes in length. Written comments on the NSABB's proposed oversight framework will also be accepted and can be sent to: nsabb@od.nih.gov.

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  Location: Natcher Conference Center, Building 45
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Date: July 15, 2008
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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