Research Protocol Safety Survey (RPSS) Information

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RPSS Form | RPSS Exemption | IBC rDNA Questionnaire

All VA Principal Investigators (PI) who are conducting research in laboratories located at the LSCDVAMC or in off-site space are required to complete a Research Protocol Safety Survey (RPSS), VA Form 10-0398. This includes any research being conducted by VA Investigators, regardless of performance site, while on their official VA duty time.

Hazards that require identification on the RPSS include: Biological Agents; Select Agents (as identified Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 72.6); Human/Non-Human cell or tissue samples; Recombinant DNA; Select Chemicals; Controlled Substances; Ionizing/Non-Ionizing Radiation; Physical Agents and Use of Animals.

Recombinant DNA: If a protocol involves rDNA, whether exempt or non-exempt, the Principal Investigator must complete an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) rDNA questionnaire.

If a protocol does not involve the above noted hazards, use the RPSS Exemption.

Principal Investigators will need to fill out an Investigators Checklist for Annual Review of Protocols Involving Hazardous Materials on an annual basis for all non-exempt studies.

For additional information, contact:
John Schaffer ***
Research Safety Coordinator
(216) 791-3800 ext. 4263
Fax: (216) 229-8509


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