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Research-related Accidents and Illnesses and Violations of the NIH Guidelines

The URI Institutional Biosafety Governance and Operating Policies and the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules require submission of a report to the NIH of “any significant problems, violations of the Guidelines, or any significant research-related accidents and illnesses.”

PIs are required to notify the URI EHS and the Office of Research Integrity as soon as possible in the event of a potential or overt exposure to rDNA , a biological agent, human or human primate material or biological toxin, suspected laboratory acquired infection, or violation of the NIH Guidelines. This is required even if the staff was not seen by Occupational Health or the Emergency Department. Of behalf of the PI, the IBC will report to the appropriate agency as required. Additional information regarding reporting is provided below.

Contact Information:

Ted Myatt, Sc.D.
Director of Research Integrity
Phone: (401) 874-2636

Connie Heird
Biosafety Officer
Environmental Health & Safety
Phone: (401) 874-7019

Reports can also be made anonymously through the URI Ethics Hotline, an independently administered, toll-free hot line at 1-855-236-1845 or Please note that there may be a time lag in reporting using this service.