Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)For Biological and Recombinant Work

Principal Investigators are required to submit a Notification of Use (NOU) for Biological Agents, recombinant material, Human and Non-Human Primate Products for Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) approval prior to any work being conducted. Materials that require IBC approval prior to work commencing are the following:

  • All human and non-human primate material (including commercial cell lines)
  • All risk group 2-3-4 infectious agents
  • All recombinant material (purchased or manipulated) regulated by NIH-OSP guidelines

Principal Investigators are responsible for the following:

  • Submitting a new NOU to the IBC prior to new agent or recombinant material being used.
  • Maintaining list of current personnel for each of their NOU.
  • Maintaining current NOU for work being conducted in their laboratories (renewal every 5 years).
  • Notifying the IBC of changes:
  • Submitting NOU and NIH-OSP update forms yearly
  • For using the most current version of NOU to submit to the IBC, failure to do so may result in the NOU not being approved and delaying the commencement of the project.

IBC Guidelines for SARS-CoV-2

The IBC meets the first Friday of the month, except for the dates listed in red. Contact the Biosafety Program at (409) 772-1781 or if you have questions.

Main Documents:

Notification of Use - EHSA Form 

  • Google Chrome is the preferred Internet browser with EHSA
  • Follow the link above for instructions or to assign a proxy
  • Amendments to NOUs originally submitted as a PDF must be renewed in entirety in EHSA

EHSA Presentation for NOU (New 7-20)

NOU Subm Deadlines FY20 (3)

Amendment Forms
Human and/or Non-human Primate Products Amendment Form *
    * Use this link for NOUs approved after 4/6/2018
      If approved prior to 4/6/2018, send a cover letter summarizing the changes to or
      contact EHS at 409-772-1781
Keck and Optical Microscopy Core Facilities NOU Amendment Form  (Revised 02-15)

Add/Delete Personnel or Rooms on Existing NOU * (Revised 10-18)
     * Only for NOUs approved prior to May 2018  
s approved after May 1, 2018, must log into EHSA 
and submit an amendment

Other Documents:

Special Immunization Request Form  (Use for FDA approved vaccines)
Co-PI Cover Page Form  (Revised 02-15)
Viral Vector Guidance Document
IBC NOU Policy
Standard Precautions Courses  (Required for Human and/or Non-Human Primate Products NOUs)

Risk Assessment for Special Immunization Request Form 1 and Form 2  (Use for IND/Global vaccines)