Sample Certification Forms

Specific ISEF Rules that apply to all OCSEF projects involving human subjects, live vertebrate animals and hazardous chemicals, devices or activities can be found HERE .

Certification of Humane Treatment of  Live Vertebrate Animals
All projects involving non-human vertebrate animals, including any invasive work with vertebrates, as well as observations in natural settings, must conform to all ISEF Rules (found HERE, pages 12-14) and the guidance listed on the OCSEF Certification of Humane Treatment of Live Vertebrate Animals form.

Certification of Human Subjects Research
All projects involving human subjects, including projects involving surveys, questionnaires, or data that came from human subjects with identifiable private information (e.g. names, addresses, birth date, phone number), must conform to the regulations listed here and on the Certification for Research of Human Subjects form. Research Plans must conform to all ISEF Rules (found HERE, pages 8-11).

Certification of Hazards Control
All projects that involve hazardous materials or activities including potentially hazardous biological agents (microorganisms, recombinant DNA technologies, or human or animal tissues, blood, or body fluids) or hazardous Substances or devices, including physical and chemical hazards, anything so labeled or which, if not handled properly, can cause injury, must conform to the regulations listed here and on the Certification of Hazards Control Form.  Specific organisms (e.g. baker’s yeast) and experimental conditions may be exempt from this Requirement.  ISEF Rules for hazardous biological agents, chemicals, activities or devices can be found HERE (pages 15-21).

Certification of Regulated Research in Institutional or Industrial Settings
Students who perform projects in whole or part at an industrial, university, hospital, or other institution and not their school or home environment must follow these guidelines.  ISEF Rules and Responsibilities can be found HERE (pages 5-7).

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