COVID-19 Information/Updates

The IBC office is functioning remotely as per current institutional guidance. All in-person activities have been suspended. Committee and PI meetings are being held via video conference. IBC staff can offer assistance over the phone or via Zoom. Email ibc@research.ucla.edu or call (310) 794-0262 for help.

Additional Resources

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.

News

Posted On August 16, 2021
SafetyNet Portal Update: August 20-21, 2021
We are pleased to announce that SafetyNet, the online system used by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Radiation Safety Committees (RSC), will undergo a major update this coming weekend. ...
Posted On June 18, 2021
Animal Work in BSRB BSL3 Facility to Halt Immediately
Due to limited resources and effective immediately, the UCLA high containment program can no longer support ABSL3 work in the BSL3 laboratory. Projects previously approved by the HCUC, ARC, and ...
Posted On February 8, 2021
Animal Work in BSL3 Facility
The UCLA High Containment Use Committee (HCUC) acknowledges that the lack of Animal Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) facilities on campus has hampered research efforts related to COVID-19 and has therefore ...
Posted On November 30, 2020
Office of Research Administration (ORA) 2020-21 Winter Holiday Closure
The Office of Research Administration (ORA) will observe UCLA’s 2020-21 Winter Holiday Closure. ORA will be closed beginning Saturday, December 19, 2020 and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. ...
Posted On April 23, 2020
EH&S Webpage: Research Safety & COVID-19
Our friends in UCLA Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) have developed a webpage for COVID-19 research-related information. Topics covered on the site include: Essential Research Application Contacts Social Distancing in Labs Lab Ramp-Down ...
Posted On December 19, 2019
EH&S Training Reminder
Annual EH&S safety training expires on December 31st. EH&S sends automated reminders for expiring safety training. If you or any of your lab members have expired training, it may delay ...
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 ...