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Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Texas State University Institutional Biosafety Committee is a registered committee with the National Institutes of Health. This Committee reviews research protocols that involve potentially biohazardous materials and agents, recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids, and the use of tissue isolated from vertebrates. The purpose of these reviews is to ensure that all activities involving these materials, and the facilities used to conduct such work, are in compliance with all applicable external regulations and University policies. The IBC is composed of Texas State research faculty, representatives from the Texas State Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management, and community members outside the University.

Texas State faculty planning to work with any amount of rDNA and biohazardous materials are required to submit protocols for review and approval by the IBC prior to initiating their project. Protocols should be submitted far enough in advance to secure approval before the project start date.

If you have questions about whether or not your research needs to be reviewed by the IBC, please fill out an IBC Determination Request .

If you need further assistance with the IBC process, contact Research Integrity and Compliance (RIC) at 512-245-2314.