Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (the University) has an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) in compliance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines, 2002) and in accordance with Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition, 2007.  

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is a University-wide review body that provides oversight over University operations and activities of a potentially biologically hazardous nature.  The IBC reviews and approves research that involves potentially biohazardous materials (plant and animal pathogens, oncogenes, carcinogens, toxins and recombinant DNA), as required by University, State and Federal directives.  The IBC currently has eleven members and meets at least four times a year.  If you are unclear as to whether a material is a potential biohazard, contact the Biological Safety Officer in Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at 545-2682.

IBC Policy

The IBC follows NIH Guidelines for practices for reviewing projects that require constructing and handling:  (i) rDNA molecules, and (ii) organisms and viruses containing rDNA molecules.  The IBC also reviews activities involving use of Select Agents and Toxins and other biohazardous agents that must be handled at BSL3 and 4.  The IBC will assist the Biosafety Officer (BSO) in the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) in formulating policies and procedures related to the use of biohazards.  [The IBC is also charged with reviewing the biological and medical waste management program annually according to The Department of Public Health’s regulation on the minimum requirements for the management of medical and biological waste CMR 480.000  The IBC may advise the institution and the Principal Investigator (PI) concerning management of research that is classified as “dual use”.

IBC Meeting Schedule:

Please contact Barbara Miller at 545-0668 or bsmiller@research.umass.edu for the current IBC Meeting Schedule.

 

Biosafety Training

Biosafety Training is handled by Environmental Health and Safety.

 

Requests for Information from the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

 

Last Revised  10/3/2014