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Institutional Biosafety Committee

In accordance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has established an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The IBC is responsible for reviewing projects that involve, but are not limited to, recombinant DNA, RNAi, pathogens, human materials and other potentially infectious material, as well as transgenic animals. The IBC provides recommendations to the intramural community in matters pertaining to the control of biohazards associated with the use of microbiological agents and their vectors. It also represents the interests of the surrounding community with respect to public health and protection of the environment.

Membership Roster

Name Division/Organization
Lydia Aldridge, R.N. Community Member
David Chen, Ph.D. DIR / VVC
Francesco J. Demayo, Ph.D., IBC Chair, Deputy Chief, RDBL DIR / RDBL
Justin Kosak, M.S. DIR / ESCBL
David M. Kurtz, D.V.M., Ph.D. DIR / CMB
Chris McGee, Biologist, Clinical Research Unit DIR / CRB
John McLamb, CHP, RRPT, Radiation Safety Officer OM / HSB
Steve Novak, CSP, Deputy Chief HSB OM / HSB
Robert Petrovich, Ph.D., Protein Expression Core DIR / GISBL
Ericka Pearce, M.S., CBSP, IBC Contact, Executive Secretary OM / HSB
Erik Tokar, Ph.D. NTP / SCT
Troy Weaver Community Member

IBC Calendar

Please make note of the 2021 Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Calendar.

The IBC meets once every month, on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Submissions must be received by close of business (5:00 p.m.) at least 10 days prior for consideration at the IBC monthly meeting. You will find a below guide on submitting your biological material registrations through EHSA.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to the HSB Biosafety Specialist at 984-287-3389.

Month Submission Deadline Meeting Date (All Thursdays)
January Monday, January 4 January 13
February Monday, February 1 February 10
March Monday, March 1 March 10
April Monday, April 4 April 14
May Monday, May 2 May 12
June Monday, May 30 June 9
July Monday, June 7 July 14
August Monday, August 2 August 11
September Monday, August 29 September 8
October Monday, September 26 October 13
November Monday, October 31 November 10
December Monday, November 28 December 8
  1. Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring IBC review of the following:
    • Animal experiments requiring IBC approval with any of the above (prior to ACUC approval)
    • Biological Toxins (Select Agent toxins below the permissible toxin amount)
    • Human and Non-human Primate (NHP): blood, body fluids, tissues and primary or established cell lines
    • Pathogens/Microorganisms: Risk Group 1 or higher
    • Recombinant or Synthetic DNA work as defined by the NIH Guidelines
  2. Expedited Review - On rare occasions and when a rapid response is indicated (e.g., for SARS-CoV-2 related projects), expedited review of a BIO Permit application may be requested. All expedited requests are reviewed by the Biosafety Specialist and IBC Chair and may be approved by the IBC members by electronic vote or by convening an ad hoc IBC meeting.
  3. Please be reminded that any ACUC Animal Study Protocol (ASP) that includes the use of biologicals agents, toxins, human-derived materials, or recombinant DNA, etc. requires a BIO Permit and must be approved prior to receiving ACUC approval.

NIEHS IBC Charter

IBC Charter NIEHS (211KB)

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