The University of Rhode Island Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) reviews and approves Biological Research protocols. Biological Research is defined as any laboratory research activity involving:
Prior to commencing Biological Research, investigators must submit a protocol for review by the IBC. The IBC is established to ensure that Biological Research is conducted safely and that compliance is maintained with the following guidelines and regulations:
The IBC works in conjunction with the URI Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the URI Office of Safety and Risk Management.
If any members of the University of Rhode Island community or the general public wish to forward comments or questions to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) or attend a meeting, please contact the IBC.
The IBC encourages all Principal Investigators with pending applications to attend IBC meetings where their research will be discussed. Please contact the IBC administrator who will place the PI name on the agenda for attendance.
Proposals to conduct Biological Research may be submitted at any time to the IBC through IRBNet. For more information about IRBNet see the IRBNet Directions page
The URI IBC Governance and Operating Policies details the roles and responsibilities of the committee, the PI and others involved in the oversight of Biological Research. Additionally, it contains policies, procedures, and guidelines to guide researchers conducting Biological Research.
Guidelines and Regulations
Forms and Submission Process
All Biological Research (as defined in the URI IBC Governance and Operating Policies) must be reviewed and approved by the IBC. All submissions to the IBC must be submitted through IRBNet.
The following steps will allow you to complete and submit the forms. Should you have any issues or questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in the process.
Forms are also available on the IRBNet library
The URI Office of Safety and Risk Management provides comprehensive training for personnel conducting Biological Research. Training is required for all personnel working at Biosafety Level 2 or higher on approved IBC protocols. This training covers biosafety guidelines followed at URI, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA)'s Bloodborne Pathogen Program, disinfection and waste disposal procedures, and the use of biological safety cabinets. More information is available about these and other training courses at University of Rhode Island Safety and Risk Management.
Research-related Accidents and Illnesses and Violations of the NIH Guidelines
The URI Institutional Biosafety Governance and Operating Policies and the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules require submission of a report to the NIH of “any significant problems, violations of the Guidelines, or any significant research-related accidents and illnesses.”
PIs are required to notify the URI EHS and the Office of Research Integrity as soon as possible in the event of a potential or overt exposure to rDNA , a biological agent, human or human primate material or biological toxin, suspected laboratory acquired infection, or violation of the NIH Guidelines. This is required even if the staff was not seen by Occupational Health or the Emergency Department. Of behalf of the PI, the IBC will report to the appropriate agency as required. Additional information regarding reporting is provided below.
Ted Myatt, Sc.D.
Director of Research Integrity
Phone: (401) 874-2636
Reports can also be made anonymously through the URI Ethics Hotline, an independently administered, toll-free hot line at 1-855-236-1845 or www.uriethicsline.com. Please note that there may be a time lag in reporting using this service.