Institutional Biosafety/recombinant DNA Committee (IBC) Charter
I. Introduction | II. Roles and Responsibilities | III. Research | IV. IBC Membership | V. IBC Policies and Procedures | VI. Protocol Review Process
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    II. Roles and Responsibilities

  • University of Texas at El Paso
    The University must ensure that all recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid research conducted at or sponsored by UTEP is conducted in compliance with the NIH Guidelines regardless of funding source. The University places institutional authority with the UTEP IBC to review research involving rDNA and to ensure that all research is conducted in full conformity with the provisions of the NIH Guidelines.

  • Institutional Responsible Official (IRO)
    The IRO is appointed by the President of the University and is responsible for appointing members to the IBC and ensuring that the IBC conducts business as required in compliance with NIH Guidelines.

  • Institutional rDNA/Biosafety Committee (IBC)
    The IBC is responsible for reviewing rDNA research activities and for approving those which are in conformity with the intent and specifics of the NIH Guidelines. Furthermore, the IBC is authorized by the IRO to enforce the NIH Guidelines and to ensure that investigators/staff adhere to approved protocol conditions. The IBC also reviews research protocols involving Risk Group 2 or higher microorganisms. As per the NIH Guidelines, the IBC through the IRO is responsible for reporting significant incidents, violations and research – related accidents and illnesses involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids to the OBA.

  • Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD)
    The Principal Investigator or Project Director is responsible for full compliance with the NIH Guidelines in the conduct of rDNA research. The PI shall submit a research protocol proposal to the IBC for review. The PI shall ensure that rDNA research activities subject to the NIH Guidelines are initiated or modified only after that research or proposed modification thereof has been reviewed and approved by the IBC. Furthermore, the PI must report to the IBC any incidents involving contamination of personnel, research- related illnesses, accidental spills, loss of containment, and violations of the NIH Guidelines.

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