Biosafety Program

San Diego State University is responsible for ensuring that recombinant DNA research or experiments involving biological materials or potentially hazardous materials are conducted in compliance with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories guidelines to promote safe and responsible practices. On behalf of SDSU, the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) reviews research for this purpose, and holds a registration with the NIH Office of Science Policy. The IBC is a committee of the University Research Council appointed by the Vice President of Research & Innovation. Research Support Services provides administrative support to the IBC. The IBC membership is determined based on federal guidance and includes a biosafety officer, an animal expert, scientists, and community based members.

Principal Investigators using biohazardous materials or conducting experiments involving recombinant DNA in their laboratories must obtain approval from the IBC. To initiate this process, the investigator must complete a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) Form, all electronically now through iMedRIS.

SDSU Labwork

Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring IBC review of the following:

  • Animal experiments requiring IBC approval with any of the above (prior to IACUC 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

Are you an SDSU researcher who needs to...

  • Submit or Amend your protocol

  • View Personnel Training

  • View all Correspondence and Notifications with the IBC


  • Add/Delete/Change Personnel

  • View Progress of Submissions

You can do this all in one place now! Click below to Start

SDSU iMedRIS Login

First time users with an SDSU email do not need to request a new account

Helpful LInks 

CDC Biosafety Resources and Tools

Experiments Requiring IBC Review

NIH Guidelines for Research involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules


Please fill out the form below if you would like staff in our office to visit your class, group, lab, or student organization to educate you all about the various topics of compliance in completing ethical research including how to use biohazardous materials or rDNA in your research, and submitting Biological Use Authorization applications through our e-protocol platform iMedRIS. We can appear either virtually or in-person!

Educational Opportunity Request Form

Research Support Services encourages the prompt reporting (within 24 hours) of concerns and incident reports. Allegations should be detailed, specific, and be accompanied by supporting documentation when possible. All concerns will be reviewed regardless of how they are received. Reports may be communicated anonymously by completion of the incident report on this page, by email, telephone, or in person. 

Report by Telephone: 619-594-0905

Report Filed in Person: Contact the Assistant Director of Research Support Services, Gateway Center Room 2530, email:

Report Online: Click here to submit an Anonymous Incident Report.