Biohazardous Material Use

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) provides oversight and institutional reviews of research, teaching, or testing activities involving biohazardous materials to ensure compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations.

Complete the Biohazardous Use Protocol (Parts I-IV) if the research, teaching, or testing involves the any of following:

  • Biological agents that may cause disease in humans, animals, or plants;
  • Non-exempt recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules (as defined in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules);
  • Human and non-human primate blood, cells, cell lines, or tissue;
  • Toxins of biological origin (as defined in the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories); or
  • Any material requiring a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or U.S. Department of Agriculture permit.

Complete the Exempt Experiment Determination and Registration to request a determination of whether the research, teaching, or testing involves exempt recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules (NIH Guidelines). This form is also used as a “Registration for Experiments that Require Institutional Biosafety Committee Approval Before Initiation” and as a “Registration for Experiments that Require Institutional Biosafety Committee Notice Simultaneous with Initiation” for certain recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules (NIH Guidelines).

For questions about forms, processes or transfer of materials, contact the Office of Research Compliance.


Review Time; Approval Period

Protocols for research should be submitted a minimum of thirty (30) days in advance of the anticipated start date. Protocols for teaching should be submitted a minimum of sixty (60) days in advance of the anticipated start date.

Initial approval is granted for a maximum of one (1) year. An Annual Renewal (no change to the protocol) will need to be submitted a minimum of thirty (30) days before the expiration date to extend the approval period. De novo reviews are required every three (3) years. An Amendment must be submitted to revise the protocol at any time, allowing a minimum of thirty (30) days for review.


Occupational Health Program (OHP)

All personnel listed on a Biohazardous Use Protocol for research or teaching must annually enroll in or opt-out of the Occupational Health Program (OHP). The purpose of the OHP is to identify and evaluate potential health risks to personnel who participate in research or teaching activities involving animal subjects or biohazardous materials. Approvals of protocols will not be issued until ORC has received confirmation from Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) that all personnel listed have enrolled in or opted-out of the OHP.

For more information, contact EHS: ehs@tamucc.edu, or (361) 825-5555.