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 for Research. 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 private citizens.
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.
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
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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.
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