Biohazardous Agent/rDNA Material Registration

The Biosafety Office works under the purview of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Laboratory Safety Committee (LSC) to ensure that biohazardous agents and recombinant DNA (rDNA) materials are handled in compliance with National Institutes of Health/Centers for Disease Control (NIH/CDC) and other regulatory and credentialing agencies.  

In order to compile the needed documentation for verifying that all research is being conducted properly, the Biosafety Office requires researchers to complete the following registration forms when applicable:  

BioRaft Biological Registration 

  1. All research involving the possession or manipulation (to include in vitro and/or in vivo applications) of biological agents classified at Biosafety Level-1 (BSL-1) or greater, CDC/USDA classified Select Agents, and/or recombinant DNA (rDNA) materials/synthetic nucleic acid molecules must be registered via the completion of the BioRaft Biological Registration (
  2. Clinical trials and other human-use protocols involving recombinant DNA and  biohazardous agents must register via completion of the “Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement (MUA) Form for Human Use"

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 

Contact VCU Office of Research and Innovation/Animal Care and Use Program for access to Institutional Animal Care
and Use Committee (IACUC) forms.


Registration Process

For more information on the registration process including detailed instructions on
how to register your agents in BioRAFT, visit:

Biohazardous Agent/rDNA Material Registration Information