Institutional Biosafety Committee

The IBC must review and approve teaching, research, and related activities involving biohazardous materials.  Biohazardous materials include materials of biological origin that could potentially cause harm to humans, animals, or plants.  Examples include recombinant DNA; transgenic animals or plants; human, animal, or plant pathogens; biological toxins (such as aflatoxin); human blood and other potentially infectious materials; and human or non-human primate cell cultures.

IBC Process Overview
The Principal Investigator (PI) submits a completed Biological Use Authorization (BUA) to the IBC for review and approval.

  • The BUA form is currently a fillable MS Word -document.
  • Submission may be made either electronically to or via campus mail to the IBC, Office of Research Compliance, 115 Ramsay Hall.

2.   The IBC Chair and theBiological Safety Officer conduct apreliminary review of
      the BUA.  Preliminary reviewcomments are sent to PI by the IBC Administrator.   

3.  The PI revises the BUA addressing comments from the preliminary review and
      submits the revised BUA for IBC review ( or IBC, Office   
      of Research Compliance, 115 Ramsay Hall). 

4.  The IBC Administrator distributes the BUA to all IBC members for IBC review. 

BSL 1 activities are reviewed using an electronic process unless the activities involve rDNA. 
BSL 1 involving rDNA, BSL 2, and 3 activities are reviewed at the monthly IBC meeting.  PI’s requesting approval for BSL 2 or 3 activities must attend the IBC meeting and present their proposed activities.  The PI is responsible for contacting the IBC Administrator (844-5966) to confirm meeting attendance.
The IBC may vote to:

  • Approve the BUA.
  • Approve the BUA pending revisions.
  • Table the BUA for additional information and clarification.
  • Deny approval of the BUA for stated reasons.
  • The PI will revise the BUA addressing any comments from the IBC review and resubmit the BUA ( or IBC, Office of Research Compliance, 115 Ramsay Hall).

6.   The IBC Administrator will provide an approval letter to the PI after all comments
      from the IBC have been appropriately addressed in the BUA.

  •  BUAs are approved for three years. 
  • A renewal for an approved BUA may be requested for one additional three year period.
  • A new BUA must be submitted after six years (after the initial three year approval and one additional 3 year renewal period).

Biological Use Authorization (BUA) Forms

BUA Submissions
IBC meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm to review all BSL1 involving rDNA, BSL 2, and BSL 3 activitiesFor all BL-2 or greater BUA’s, the Principal Investigator must attend the committee meeting during which their protocol is scheduled for review and present an overview of the proposed activities. The PI is responsible for contacting the IBC Administrator (844-5966) to confirm meeting attendance.

BUA’s must be submitted at least one week in advance of the IBC meeting to be included on the IBC agenda. Please send a hardcopy or an electronic copy to: or IBC, Office of Research Compliance, 115 Ramsay Hall

IBC Meeting Schedule  2014

2014 IBC Meeting Dates

Deadlines for BUA Submission

January 8, 2014

December 22, 2013

February 5, 2014

January 29, 2014

March 5, 2014

February 26, 2014

April 2, 2014

March 26, 2014

May 7, 2014

April 30, 2014

June 4, 2014

May 28, 2014

July 2, 2014

June 25, 2014

August 6, 2014

July 30, 2014

September 3, 2014

August 27, 2014

October 1, 2014

September 24, 2014

November 5, 2014

October 29, 2014

December 3, 2014

November 25, 2014


BUA’s must be submitted no later than 4:45 pm, one week prior to the IBC meeting, to be included on the IBC agenda. Please send a hardcopy with signatures to:  IBC, Office of Research Compliance, 115 Ramsay Hall, Basement or an electronic copy can be sent to:

IBC Membership

Dr. Frederik Van Ginkel - Chair
Shawn McNulty - Biological Safety Officer
Niki L. Johnson – Director, Research Compliance

Last Updated: 1/13/2014