Institutional Biosafety Committee
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) has been established as specified in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules and CDC Guidelines for Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. The RIC IBC oversees research involving recombinant DNA, and develops policies and provides expertise to reduce risks to faculty, staff and students working with biohazardous materials and recombinant DNA technology. RIC IBC reviews research protocols to determine whether a Principal Investigator (PI) who administers, handles or uses biological materials employs containment, decontamination, and disposal procedures in compliance with federal, state and local regulations, and ensures users are properly trained in good microbiological techniques.
IBC composition, standards, and procedures follow the NIH Guidelines For Research Involving recombinant DNA molecules Sections I-E-2 through IV-B-2-b-(9)). The RIC IBC is comprised of six members with expertise in recombinant DNA technology and the capability to assess any potential risk of research activities to public health or the environment; four members are RIC faculty and two members are not affiliated with RIC, as stipulated by the NIH Guidelines.
The RIC IBC provides resources, forms and templates at the IBC website (www.ric.edu/biosafety). Researchers can access this site to register their research involving recombinant DNA molecules and cell/tissue culture experiments. Once received, the IBC reviews research registration forms to ensure procedures are in place to protect faculty, staff, and students from biological materials.
- Developing biosafety policies applicable to Rhode Island College activities, including work practices, biohazardous waste, and medical surveillance of personnel.
- Reviewing and approving proposed research in accordance with CDC/NIH guidelines.
- Setting required containment levels for research projects. Generally, the biosafety levels (BSLs) established by the CDC and NIH will be used as the level of containment; however, the IBC can increase or decrease the level of containment according to the specific circumstances of the project.
- Working with the Campus Police and the Facilities Department to recommend and review design specifications and criteria for existing and new containment facilities.
- Evaluate the public health and environmental risks associated with all biohazardous treatment and disposal methods, including disposal of these wastes according to provisions of the Rules and Regulations for Use of Wastewater Facilities Within the Narragansett Bay Commission District and Rhode Island Regulation DEM-DAH-MW-01-92.
- As necessary, make recommendations to management and changes to biohazardous waste management procedures.