Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

eIBC software upgraded June 2017

eIBC systemThe eIBC system has been given a software upgrade. The protocol submission and review process remains unchanged. The impacts of this upgrade is that there is a new look and feel to the user interface –such as font, colors and layout.

Please see the eIBC FAQs, contact your IBC Specialist, or email if you have questions.

This site has been created to support faculty, students and employees affiliated with OHSU in the conduct of research with recombinant DNA (rDNA) and infectious agents or biologically derived toxins.

The NIH Guidelines Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, defines these nucleic acid molecules as:

(i) molecules that (a) are constructed by joining nucleic acid molecules and b) that can replicate in a living cell, i.e., recombinant nucleic acids;
(ii) nucleic acid molecules that are chemically or by other means synthesized or amplified, including those that are chemically or otherwise modified but can base pair with naturally occurring nucleic acid molecules, i.e. synthetic nucleic acids, or
(iii) molecules that result from the replication of those described in (i) or (ii) above.

Infectious Agents are generally defined as risk group 2 agents and above (agents that can cause disease in healthy adult humans).

Use of Biologically Derived Toxins need only be reviewed by the IBC if the toxin is a select agent, or if the toxin is lethal for vertebrates at an LD50 of less than 100 nanograms per kilogram body weight.

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