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As noted in last week’s announcement, October is National Biosafety Month. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the IBC’s purview.

The IBC reviews and approves applications for academic research and teaching activities 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

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: We are strongly encouraging researchers to participate this week in National Biosafety Month by reviewing your current inventory of biological materials that fall into the categories above and ensuring that these materials are documented in your Biological Use Authorization (BUA). If you discover any materials that fall under the IBC’s purview and are not already described in your BUA, please notify us and submit an amendment in SafetyNet ( as soon as possible to add these materials.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IBC Administrative Office or the EH&S Biosafety Office. Contact information is provided below.

UCLA Institutional Biosafety Committee
IBC Help Line: (310) 794-0262

EH&S Biosafety Office
Biosafety Line: (310) 206-3929