The UCLA Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) was established as the local review body responsible for oversight of all research activities – including teaching laboratories – involving the use of hazardous biological material and recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, as required and outlined in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) and the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL). The IBC is a faculty-led committee appointed by the UCLA Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) and consists of experts in various fields, including biosafety, human gene therapy, infectious disease, recombinant DNA, animal containment, plant containment, and occupational health. The IBC is responsible for establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures involving hazardous biological materials and recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids to meet applicable federal, state, local and institutional regulations and guidelines.

The IBC reviews and approves protocols for academic research and teaching laboratories involving the following materials:

  • Recombinant/synthetic nucleic acid molecules, as covered by the NIH Guidelines
  • Infectious agents that can cause disease in healthy humans and/or significant environmental or agricultural impacts, as covered by the BMBL
  • Select agents and select toxins, as covered by the CDC DSAT regulations
  • Human and nonhuman primate materials, as covered by the Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
  • Genetically-modified animals and whole plants, as covered by the NIH Guidelines

At its discretion, the IBC may also review protocols involving animals or animal specimens known to be reservoirs/vectors of zoonotic diseases.

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Posted On October 28, 2019
Office of Research Administration (ORA) 2019-20 Winter Holiday Closure
The Office of Research Administration (ORA) will observe UCLA’s 2019-20 Winter Holiday Closure. ORA will be closed beginning Saturday, December 21, 2019 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Please ...
Posted On October 21, 2019
Important Change to IBC Renewal Process in SafetyNet
We are pleased to announce a change to the IBC 3-year BUA review process, effective October 25, 2019. This change is intended to minimize burden and confusion within the research ...
Posted On September 5, 2019
New UCLA Biosafety Officer
Please see the below announcement from Assistant Vice Chancellor for EH&S Colin Dimock regarding the new UCLA Biosafety Officer, Christine Tafoya. September 5, 2019 It is with great pleasure that we at ...
Posted On June 6, 2019
Updated and New Biosafety SOPs
UCLA’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) works with Environment, Health & Safety to maintain a set of standardized Biosafety SOPs available to campus research labs. As a part of the 2018 ...
Posted On March 22, 2019
IBC POLICY UPDATE
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) has updated the Policy, Registration of Transgenic Animals. Changes to the Policy are largely administrative, reflecting updates published in the 2016 NIH Guidelines for Research ...
Posted On December 19, 2018
Campus Comment Period Open for Revised UCLA Policies 990 and 992
The Office of Research Administration (ORA) has revised UCLA Policies 990 (Use of Animals in Research, Teaching, and Testing) and 992 (Use of Biohazardous Materials and Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic ...
Posted On November 13, 2018
Office of Research Administration (ORA) 2018-19 Winter Holiday Closure
The Office Research Administration (ORA) will observe UCLA’s 2018-19 Winter Holiday Closure. ORA will be closed beginning Saturday, December 22, 2018 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Please be ...
Posted On July 24, 2018
NEW IBC POLICY: Transport of Animals Containing Biohazardous Materials
The IBC has approved a new Policy: Transport of Animals Containing Biohazardous Materials. The goal of this policy is to minimize the number of live biohazardous animals that are removed ...
Posted On May 19, 2017
UCLA’s Commitment to Research Safety
Laboratory safety is important to all of us at UCLA. A culture of safety is not only essential to the successful and responsible conduct of research, but also to our ...