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Dual Use Research of Concern

From the Office of Export Control in the Office of Regulatory Compliance


Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) is life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat, with broad potential consequences, to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.

The United States Government has published policies relevant to DURC, with the intention of raising awareness and limiting the potential for misuse of scientific information derived from life sciences research.

Research with one or more of the fifteen DURC agents and/or toxins currently listed in the US Government DURC Policy (PDF) and which produces, aims to produce or can be reasonably anticipated to produce one or more of the 7 experimental effects of concern listed in the Policy must be evaluated by the University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus Institutional Review Entity (IRE) for its DURC potential.

Review and oversight of DURC are outlined in the University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus Institutional Oversight Policy for Dual Use of Concern.

Questions? Contact the Export Control Office, Christine.Ahearn@cuanschutz.edu, 303-724-0245

Additional Resources

Dual Use Research – PowerPoint Presentation

Institutional Policy on Dual Use Research

U.S. Policy for Oversight of Life Sciences DURC

U.S. Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences DURC​​​​