When is IBC Review Needed?

Any person working with biological materials must submit a course MUA and/or a research MUA for each protocol/type of method they are using even if they believe they are exempt. Common protocols include work with recombinant DNA, microorganisms and viruses categorized as requiring BSL-2 containment or higher, unknown environmental microbial isolates, human/primate blood, cell lines, tissue cultures, and other biohazardous agents (BSL-2 and higher).


For research laboratories, the principal investigator (PI) will fill out a new MUA form for initial registration of their methods. They must report any subsequent changes to the project (e.g. changes in the sources of DNA and/or host-vector system and/or biological systems). The PI must remain in contact with the IBC throughout duration of the project, submitting a Student Researcher Training Form each Fall and Spring semester and summer research period, and renewal documents every three years.


For classes, a new MUA form for initial registration of methods will be submitted by the supervising faculty member. It is important for each faculty member or staff teaching in the course to have the appropriate training records (more information to come). The course syllabus should include specifics about the biohazards of the material and any necessary precautions for the students. The students must fill out and sign the affiliated Course Safety Statement and the instructor of record will keep the forms for the duration of the semester.