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Research Safety Authorizations for Principal Investigators

Principal investigators, learn how to apply for research authorizations to work with regulated materials or human or animal subjects.

Required research authorizations

Authorization must be obtained before principal investigators begin research at UC San Diego with:

Application procedures

Allow for processing time. Apply well in advance of establishing your lab. Approvals may take an average of 1 to 2 months.

What to do How to do it Contact for questions
Animal subjects:
Apply for an Animal Use Protocol.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Program (IACUC), (858) 534-6069
Biological materials:
Apply for a Biohazard Use Authorization (BUA).
EH&S Biosafety Office, (858) 534-5366
Controlled substances:

Apply for a Controlled Substances Use Authorization (CSUA).

EH&S Controlled Substances Program, (858) 534-1362
Hazardous waste:

Generators of chemical and radioactive hazardous waste must have a Waste Generator Number (WGN) before EH&S can collect their waste for disposal.

EH&S Environmental Management Facility, (858) 534-2753
Human gene transfer clinical trials:
Apply for a Biohazardous Materials Use Authorization (BUA) and simultaneously apply for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.

EH&S Biosafety Office,
(858) 534-5366 or 534-3660

UCSD Human Research Protections Program (HRPP), (858) 657-5100

Human subjects:
Apply for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.
UCSD Human Research Protections Program (HRPP), (858) 657-5100
Lasers:

Apply for a Laser Use Authorization (LUA) for class 3B or 4 lasers or laser systems.

EH&S Laser Safety Office, (858) 822-2850
Radioactive materials:

Apply for a Radioisotope Use Authorization (RUA).

EH&S Radiation Safety Office, (858) 822-2494
Select Agents:

Apply for a Biohazardous Materials Use Authorization (BUA).

EH&S Biosafety Office, (858) 534-5366
Stem cells:

Research involving hESCs requires multiple approvals.

stemcells@ucsd.edu, (858) 822-2647

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