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Research at URI

Biosafety

Overview

The University of Rhode Island Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) provides oversight and review of Biological Research conducted at URI.  Biological Research is defined as any laboratory research activity involving:

  • Recombinant DNA (rDNA),
  • Biological agents (i.e., viable infectious microorganisms (including prions) regardless of their pathogenicity to humans)
  • Human or nonhuman primate materials ( (e.g., blood, unfixed tissue, cell lines)
  • Biological toxins subject to the National Select Agents Registry Program managed by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA). The current list of toxins is identified at: http://www.selectagents.gov/index.html

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.

Committee Information

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. 

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: IRBNet (E-submissions for IRB, IACUC and IBC) 

Forms and Submission Process

Guidelines and Regulations

Biosafety Resources and Training

Reporting