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Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is a standing committee and is responsible for reviewing all University research and teaching activities conducted by faculty, staff, students and/or visiting scientists on University property that involve the use of biological agents. Biological agents are defined as microorganisms, Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules experiments as defined by NIH Guidelines, materials derived from human and non-human primates, or biological toxins.


The mission of this committee is to ensure that all activities involving biological agents and the facilities used to conduct such work are in compliance with all external regulations, and applicable University policies.

The committee will function to ensure that investigators handle biological agents in a safe and responsible manner, and meet criteria as described by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules; the CDC/NIH publication Biosafety in the Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories; applicable regulations defined by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard; HHS and USDA final rules for the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins; and other applicable requirements. Foremost, the IBC's objective shall be to ensure that such activities meet the standards of good biological safety practice emphasizing protection of personnel, the public and the environment.

The IBC shall assist principal investigators and protocol directors in meeting their responsibilities; impose requirements; and review and approve policies, proposals, procedures, programs, and facilities pursuant to the safe and legally compliant use of biological agents.

Committee Members can be found by clicking here.

Meeting Schedule

If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Gloria Bowers at or 434-243-0726, by the date the Registration Documents are due.

All meetings will take place in MR6, room 2501 on the second floor at 8:30 a.m. except for the December meeting. The meetings are the second Tuesday of each month (except in December when due to the holidays, we meet a week early).

Date Registration Documents are due Date of IBC Meeting
April 29, 2014 May 13, 2014
May 27, 2014 June 10, 2014
June 24, 2014 July 8, 2014
July 29, 2014 August 12, 2014
August 26, 2014 September 9, 2014
September 30, 2014 October 14, 2014
October 28, 2014 November 11, 2014
*November 18, 2014 *December 2, 2013

*Note: The December meeting is scheduled a week earlier to accommodate the ACUC and their meeting in that month.

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