Scope of Review & Responsibility
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) was established to provide local review and oversight of any work that is regulated by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is required to comply with this regulation as an NIH-funded institution. The NIH Guidelines include the use, modification, and/or transfer of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid materials, including genetically modified organisms.
In addition to the NIH Guidelines, our IBC is charged with oversight of all research and teaching involving infectious agents, biological toxins, and select agents. This oversight ensures compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and uses the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories as a guide. The IBC ensures proper concern for the safety of personnel, the environment, and the surrounding communities.
The Biological Safety group within the Environmental Health and Safety office (EHSO) partners with the IBC to provide technical expertise and training on the projects overseen by the IBC. It is important to regularly review all policies and guidance provided by the Biological Safety group to ensure knowledge of updates.
To this end, the IBC reviews, approves, and oversees work performed with the following biological materials in research, teaching, or training:
- Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules: The IBC reviews all work in accordance with the NIH Guidelines.
- Infectious Agents
- Biological Toxins
- Select Agents
The IBC is managed by the OACIB, which accepts all protocol and modification submissions, coordinates protocol review, notifies the investigator of the outcome of review, and works with investigators during the writing/revision process.
Please submit protocols and modifications directly to email@example.com and contact us if you have any questions.
The Office of Animal Care and Institutional Biosafety (OACIB), serving the Animal Care and Institutional Biosafety Committees (ACC/IBC), will observe the UIC reduced service schedule for non-essential services. OACIB will close at 5:00 PM on Thursday, December 23, 2021 and reopen at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Please remember the following deadlines to allow time for the review and approval process prior to the reduced service schedule:
- Deadline for submission of IBC protocols eligible for review at the January IBC Meeting is 5:00 PM, Thursday, December 09, 2021.
- Deadline for IBC modifications eligible for administrative or full committee review is 5:00 PM, Thursday, December 02, 2021. Modifications submitted after this date will be reviewed in January.