Institutional Biosafety Committee
The IBC has recently been reconstituted and is now managed by the Division of Research through the Research Integrity (RI) unit. Research Integrity works hand in hand with the Biological Safety Program, which is seated within the Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) office of FAU. The IBC is composed of FAU faculty and non-faculty members, community members and the Biosafety Officer (BSO).
The IBC is charged with reviewing and approving research with recombinant/synthetic nucleic acid molecules and biological materials, agents and toxins. Most work will not require review by the full IBC, but instead will be reviewed and approved by the FAU BSO and/or the IBC Chair.
Will my work require registration with the IBC?
If your work includes use of any of the following, it will require you to fill out an IBC protocol registration form:
- Recombinant/Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (including Human Gene Transfer)
- Microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, prions and rickettsia) infectious to humans, animals or plants
- Biologically active agents (toxins or venoms)
- Human and/or nonhuman primate materials (blood, cells, tissues, cell lines, OPIM)
- Field work with animals
- Storage of biological materials, agents or toxins
Will my work require review by the full IBC?
If your work includes use of the following, it will require review by the full IBC at a convened meeting:
- Items included in NIH Guidelines (https://osp.od.nih.gov/biotechnology/nih-guidelines/) Sections III-A, B, C, D and E
- Infectious organisms included in Risk Groups 3 and 4 (https://my.absa.org/Riskgroups)
- Biologically Active Toxins included as Select Agents (https://www.selectagents.gov/SelectAgentsandToxinsList.html)
If you're unsure about needing to register your work, please contact the Biosafety Officer (email@example.com; (561)297-2936) for guidance.
When will my protocol be reviewed?
All protocols submitted to the IBC will receive a primary review by the BSO. If there are any issues with the protocol (i.e., erroneous information, incomplete protocol, etc.) the BSO will contact the PI with instructions on the necessary corrections. Once a complete protocol has been submitted, those requiring full IBC review will be sent to the IBC and reviewed at the next meeting, provided that the deadline has been met (see below for meeting dates and deadlines). Those protocols not requiring full IBC review will be reviewed and approved by the BSO and/or IBC Chair within several days.
The IBC has recently been reconstituted and is now managed by the Division of Research through the Research Integrity (RI) unit. Research Integrity is working with the Biological Safety Program in EH&S with the intention of creating an updated approach to supporting the biological research community at FAU.
|IBC Submission Deadlines||IBC Meeting Dates|
|March 3, 2020||March 10, 2020|
|March 23, 2020||March 30, 2020|
|April 14, 2020||April 21, 2020|
|May 19. 2020||May 26. 2020|
|June 4, 2020||June 11, 2020|
|July 7, 2020||July 14, 2020|