Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Institutional Biosafety Committee, or IBC, is a federally mandated committee responsible for ensuring the safe and ethical use of recombinant DNA and other biohazardous agents.  In this spirit, the Scott & White IBC shall:

  • Ensure that activities involving the use of recombinant DNA or biohazardous material meet the ethical and legal requirements for such usage.
  • Establish and maintain policies and guidelines for the conduct of activities involving the use of recombinant DNA and/or biohazardous material.
  • Maintain and promote an open and cooperative relationship with investigators and the Scott & White community.
  • Educate the Scott & White community concerning the regulatory requirements for the use of recombinant DNA and biohazardous material.

The Scott & White IBC reviews all research that involves:

  • biological toxins
  • microbial agents or other agents that are infectious to humans, animals or plants
  • recombinant DNA molecules, and/or genetically altered organisms or agents, including organisms and viruses containing recombinant DNA molecules
  • synthetic DNA molecules
  • human or non-human primate derived cells, tissues or OPIM
  • nanomaterials

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