Health and Human Services, in conjunction with other agencies that conduct and fund life sciences research, should develop an education program on the basic principles of risk-based biosafety and biosecurity review.

To promote the importance of local oversight and to encourage institutions to fully support their committees, federal funding agencies should assure that 1) the institution has taken part in and disseminated information from the education program; 2) an oversight committee is appropriately constituted and convened; and 3) the research to be funded has been reviewed by the committee prior to commencement of the experiments. This is not dissimilar to the process for ensuring local review of research involving animals or human subjects.

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