Biological Materials Requiring IBC Review and Approval
Research involving the following materials requires IBC review and approval of a protocol application prior to conducting experiments:
- Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acids
- Infectious Agents (Risk Group 2 or Higher)
- Human-Derived Materials
- HHS/USDA Select Agents or Biological Toxins
All protocols must be submitted using the IBC Protocol Management System
If you have any problems accessing or using the Topaz IBC Protocol Management System
or need to add new protocol associates in Topaz, contact Sherika Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may contact USC's Biological Safety Officer with any questions regarding the IBC protocol submission review or approval process.
IBC Meeting Schedule and Protocol Submission Deadlines
Protocols must be submitted on or before the submission deadline for the scheduled meeting.
This schedule is subject to change since the IBC must verify a quorum attendance at each meeting.
|Meeting Date||Submission Deadline|
|February 20, 2019 (Wednesday)||January 30, 2019 (Wednesday)|
|May 15, 2019 (Wednesday)||April 24, 2019 (Wednesday)|
|August 14, 2019 (Wednesday)||July 24, 2019 (Wednesday)|
|November 13, 2019 (Wednesday)||October 23, 2019 (Wednesday)|
- Location: Benson Building, Conference Room 303
- Start Time: 3 p.m.
Requirements Prior to IBC Protocol Approval
- The laboratory must have submitted a corrective action plan for all deficiencies identified during their most recent lab safety inspection
- All personnel included on the protocol must be up-to-date on required Biosafety Training
- All personnel included on the protocol must have completed any required occupational health services
IBC Mission Statement and Charter
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) provides local review and oversight for research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, and other potentially infectious or hazardous biological materials. The NIH Guidelines require the IBC to ensure that research conducted at or sponsored by the university is in compliance with the NIH Guidelines. This requirement is primarily met through the IBC’s review and approval of all research subject to the NIH Guidelines. Members of the IBC are responsible for providing the collective experience and expertise in research involving these materials and the capability to assess the safety of research protocols and to identify any potential risk to workers, other persons, or the environment.
The IBC Charter includes additional information about the committee’s policies and procedures:
Frequently Asked Questions: IBC and NIH Guidelines