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Biosafety

The Institutional Biosafety Committee, or IBC, is the ISU committee with oversight of the use of rDNA and regulated or other potentially biohazardous or infectious materials. The IBC reviews protocols for experiments using these biomaterials.

All research conducted at Idaho State University involving rDNA molecules must meet with current NIH Guidelines as a condition of institutional eligibility for NIH funds.

Research and activities requiring review and approval from the ISU IBC are described in detail in the IBC Handbook.

For assistance, please contact IBC Chair Amy E. Bryant, Ph.D. at (208) 282-1928 or the IBC Committee Coordinator, Robin Wilson, at (208) 282-1336 or via biosafe@isu.edu.

CITI Training module completion may be required for principal investigators and laboratory personnel.

Biosafety Resources

  1. The Institutional Biosafety Committee Handbook for Oversight of the Use of rDNA and Potentially Biohazardous or Infectious Materials (IBC Handbook*).
    Primary biosafety resource for PI, Laboratory Supervisors and Laboratory Staff for finding ISU biosafety procedures.

    It outlines the process of protocol preparation and submission. *Updated October 2020.

  2. Protocols Applications by Biosafety Level:

    1. Biosafety Level 1 (BSL1) projects complete the
      1. Biosafety Research Registration Form
      2. Biosafety Laboratory Manual for BSL1
        Submit these files to biosafe@isu.edu with the subject line, "IBC Research Activity Form".
        BSL1 projects may not require the full IBC review, but may be approved by the IBC Chair.
        Once reviewed by the IBC Chair and/or IBC Committee Coordinator, guidance will be provided to you via biosafe@isu.edu

    2. Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) projects, regardless of biomaterial, complete the
      1. Biosafety Research Registration Form;
      2. The protocol form(s) [listed below] associated with the biomaterial(s) intended for use during your project.
        More than one protocol form may be required;
      3. BSL2 Biosafety Laboratory Manual 

    3. Perform a Laboratory Biosafety Physical Self-Inspection for BSL2 form to document lab readiness.  Provide a copy of the completed form. A formal inspection is part of the IBC approval process.
      BSL2 protocols require a full IBC review during a scheduled meeting.

  3. Modification of a Previously Approved Protocol 
    complete this:

    1. Protocol Form E Modification of Approved Protocols
  4. Renewal of Previously Approved Protocols
    complete these:

1. Biosafety Research Registration Form marked for renewal;

2. A revised/updated BSL2 Lab Manual Certification page (especially training information and personnel) 

3.  An updated Laboratory Biosafety Physical Self-Inspection for BSL2 form to document ongoing lab readiness.  

If you are uncertain which form applies to your project contact biosafe@isu.edu with questions.

Biosafety Forms

Biosafety Research Registration Form
Includes a Registration section, Protocol Background section and the Principal Investigator/Laboratory Director or Instructor Assurance (acceptance of responsibilities).

Protocol Form A Use of Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules in Research 

Protocol Form B. Use of Infectious Agents, Toxins and Select Agents in Research

Protocol Form C Human and Non-Human Primate Blood, Cell Lines, or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM)

Protocol Form D Use of Biological Materials in Teaching Laboratories

Protocol Form E Modification of Approved Protocols

FORM F – Accident/Exposure/ Noncompliance Incident Report

Laboratory Manual Forms
These two Biosafety Laboratory Manuals contain required references and guidance that every lab manual must contain.  In addition, they are forms providing spaces for a PI/Instructor/Lab Director to list the laboratory directions required for their specific project.

  • BSL2 Biosafety Laboratory Manual
    Preparation of a BSL2 laboratory manual is required in order for the IBC to approve a BSL2 protocol. The lab manual file has portions that must be completed using MS Word and signed for submission.

For questions about the IBC Handbook or forms, contact IBC Chair Amy E. Bryant, Ph.D. at biosafe@isu.edu.

Protocol document sets (Registration form with protocol form with laboratory manual) must be submitted to biosafe@isu.edu before the submission deadlines listed in the table below to be considered during an IBC meeting.

Institutional Biosafety Committee Members

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Member

Member

Amy E. Bryant, Ph.D., Chair Robin Wilson, Committee Coordinator
Jared Barrott, Ph.D. MS Julia Martin, Ph.D. 
Jason Werth, Lab Representative  Srinath Pashikanti, Ph.D.
Jennifer Parrott, Biological Safety Officer Tim Williams, Facilities Services (ad hoc) 
Deborah Newby, Ph.D., Non-Affiliated David Reed, Ph.D., Non-Affiliated 

Spring 2021 Meeting Dates and Proposal Submission Deadlines

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Submission Deadlines

Meeting Dates (Tuesdays)

January 5, 2021 January 19, 2021
February 2, 2021 February 16, 2021
March 2, 2021 March 16, 2021
April 1, 2021 April 20, 2021
May 4, 2021 May 18, 2021

Biosafety Contacts:
Amy E. Bryant.Ph.D., IBC Chair
amybryant@isu.edu or thru biosafe@isu.edu
 
Robin Wilson
IBC Committee Coordinator

Campus Mail routing thru

Research Outreach & Compliance/IBC
Business and Technology Center
Bldg 86, Rm 107, Stop 8286

  Phone: (208) 282-1336