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Institutional Biosafety Committee -
Vice President for Research

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is charged to formulate policy and procedures related to the use of biohazardous agents, including human, animal, and plant pathogens, other infectious agents, toxins, and rDNA. As mandated by the National Institutes of Health, experiments involving human gene therapy, formation of transgenic animals or plants, and the generation and/or use of rDNA must be reviewed and approved by the IBC. Auburn University also requires IBC review and approval for use of Risk Group 2 or higher biohazardous agents. (14 members)

Faculty Six faculty on rotating three-year staggered terms such that two rotate on/off each year
Ex Officio

Director of Research Compliance (Non-voting)

Biological Safety Officer or designee

Associate Director of Risk Management and Safety who acts as secretary of the committee

University Veterinarian

A & P One representing the Administrative an Professional Assembly career ladder such as research associate, research assistant, medical technologist, etc.
Staff One member representing the staff career ladder such as laboratory technician
Community At least two community members who shall not otherwise be affiliated with the University and shall represent the interest of the surrounding community with respect to health and protection of the environment (e.g. officials of state or local public health or environmental protection agencies, members of other local governmental bodies, or persons active in medical, occupational health, or environmental concerns in the community.)
Restrictions Faculty shall be selected on the basis of experience and expertise in infections disease research, experience and expertise in recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology, and the capability to assess the safety of biological research and to identity any potential risk to public health or the environment.

At all times one faculty member will be an animal pathogen containment expert.

The chair shall be selected by the president from those faculty members entering their second or third year of committee service.

This committee meets 12 months per year.


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