What is the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and how does it affect me?

The IBC:

  • Provides oversight of recombinant DNA research.
  • Ensures research is in compliance with NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines).
  • Reviews and approves all research subject to the NIH Guidelines.
  • Also reviews all projects that involve:
    • Biological materials
    • Infectious materials
    • Other potentially infectious materials
    • Biologically-derived toxins

In order to conduct work with a biological material, an IBC Registration form must be completed.  For more information on recombinant DNA, see the Office of Biotechnology Activities Frequently Asked Questions website.

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