- Teams must be in full compliance with iGEM's safety and security policies..
- Teams must use the Safety and Security Form to provide information on any risks from their project and steps taken to manage them.
- The Safety and Security Committee must have approved (a) Check-In Forms before a team uses parts, organisms, or activities not on the White List , and (b) animal use forms before teams use vertebrates and some invertebrates.
- The team’s Primary PI, Secondary PI, or Instructor must sign off Safety and Security Forms and animal use request forms .
- All deadlines for providing safety and security information must be met.
- Teams must follow all relevant international, regional, national, local or institutional laws, rules, regulations or policies, including national or institutional biosafety and biosecurity rules. If conducting any experiment with human subjects (including non-invasive experiments, such as surveys), teams must comply with all rules governing experiments with human subjects.
- Teams must work in the biosafety level appropriate for their project. If your project involves organisms and parts that can be used safely in a BSL1 lab, you should not work at higher containment levels. If this is not possible an explanation must be provided in the Safety and Security Form.
- Teams cannot conduct work with Risk Group 3 or 4 organisms, parts from a Risk Group 4 organism, or work in a Safety Level 3 or 4 laboratory. This includes work with large volumes or high concentrations of SARS-CoV-2, whether isolated virus or human, animal or environmental samples likely to contain it.
- Teams cannot release or deploy their project outside of the laboratory (including testing projects on or in people) at any time during the competition or at the Giant Jamboree.
Failure to meet any of these requirements can lead to immediate disqualification from the competition and referral to the Responsible Conduct Committee.
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