MTA and Safety Training
For research planning, there are important instructions, mandatory guidelines and procedures that must be followed to apply for an MTA and to maintain safety in the laboratory. If you are coming from another institute, it’s imperative to make sure that all materials you bring are properly covered by a Material Transfer Agreement. Also, safety training is required for the use of designated facilities and specific materials.
MTA (Material Transfer Agreement)
An MTA is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations when the recipient intends to use the materials for his or her own research purposes, and no research collaboration between the scientists is planned. All tangible items brought from the outside of RIKEN or provided to outside institutions require an MTA. If you are bringing materials to RIKEN, please contact the RIKEN laboratory that you work with to complete the necessary paperwork.
It is mandatory to receive the proper training for all facilities and materials you will use for certain types of experiments, and it must be completed before starting work. Training is available at most campuses, please contact your laboratory for specific details.