Environmental Health & Safety

University of Colorado Boulder

Lab Support

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for reviewing all University research and teaching activities involving the use of biohazards, recombinant DNA molecules, select agents, or bloodborne pathogens whether the activities are carried out on campus or off campus (usually under other Institutional Biosafety Committees).

Most biological research requires IBC authorization prior to initiation. This authorization must be renewed every 3 years.

The IBC meets regularly and will review and authorize research involving: any biological agents, infected animals or tissues (including fieldwork), recombinant DNA, select agents and toxins, and work with human blood, bodily fluids, tissues or cells in culture. These meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact us at ehsbio@colorado.edu for more information.

IBC Application

The IBC application can now be completed in BioRAFT (where it is referred to as “biological registration”.)