Do I Need IBC Review?

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) approval is required before conducting research and teaching activities involving rDNA, biohazardous agents, materials, and toxins. The TAMU-CC IBC reviews all teaching activities and research involving rDNA, biohazardous agents, materials and toxins that are:

  • Sponsored by TAMU-CC;
  • Conducted by TAMU-CC faculty, research personnel or employees;
  • Conducted using TAMU-CC facilities or property; or
  • Received, stored, used, transferred or disposed of at any TAMU-CC facility.

Submit a request through iRIS.  

  • Login to iRIS.
  • Once logged in, select “Create a Protocol”. 
  • Then select “TAMU-CC IBC Initial Permit Form” to open the IBC application.
  • Complete the online application. In section for Submission Type, select “Determination if an IBC permit is needed.”
  • Once the application is complete, you will be forwarded to the submission packet. 
  • Attach any supporting documents. 
  • Complete the PI sign-off to submit.

What is a biohazard?

Biohazards are infectious agents or hazardous biological materials that present a risk or potential risk to the health of humans, animals, or the environment. The risk can be direct through infection or indirect through damage to the environment.

What is research involving recombinant DNA?

In the amended NIH Guidelines, recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules are defined as: (i) molecules that a) are constructed by joining nucleic acid molecules and b) can replicate in a living cell (i.e. recombinant nucleic acids); (ii) nucleic acid molecules that are chemically or by other means synthesized or amplified, including those that are chemically or otherwise modified but can base pair with naturally occurring nucleic acid molecules (i.e. synthetic nucleic acids); or (iii) molecules that result from the replication of those described in (i) or (ii) above.