USC's Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The IBC is changing to help meet the needs of the research community.  In an effort to streamline the IBC process, a single IBC application may now cover multiple grants/projects, provided that all biohazardous procedures are described comprehensively on the application.  Please contact the Biosafety Office if you have any questions about this process.

Research invovling biohazardous materials must be registered with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).  The term "biohazardous materials" includes:
  • Recombinant DNA, such as plasmids or viral vectors
  • Potentially infectious microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, prions, etc.
  • Biologically derived toxins, such as those classified as Select Agents
  • Human cell lines, tissue, blood, or other human/nonhuman primate materials
Registering your work with the IBC will help establish a level of biosafety containment for your laboratory and help ensure that your research is conducted in compliance with Biosafety Regulations. Review the BUA Requirement Statement and IBC Review Policy for more information.
See below for more information about the IBC, or feel free to contact us.