The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is the institutional oversight committee for the ethical and safe use of biologically hazardous materials in research and teaching laboratories at UWM. The IBC is guided by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and makes decisions to approve or reject biological research and teaching protocols based on institutional, local, state, and federal regulations and guidelines.
What are biohazardous materials?
The UWM IBC is charged with oversight of biological research and teaching activities at UWM that involve:
- Any recombinant and/or synthetic nucleic acid molecules or materials, including transgenic/recombinant plants and animals
- Any biohazardous materials
Biohazardous materials are defined as any biological material that has the capacity to cause harm to humans, animals, plants, or the environment. They may include, but are not limited to:
- Biohazardous agents, such as bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, prions, protozoa, or helminths
- Biological toxins, i.e. toxins originating from bacteria, plants, animals, and/or fungi
- Vertebrate and invertebrate animals that are transgenic, exotic, invasive, disease vectors, and/or used in association with pathogens or recombinant materials
- Plants that are recombinant, exotic, invasive, and/or grown in association with pathogenic or recombinant microbes or animals
- Human or non-human primate cells (including primary and established cell lines), tissues, organs, or bodily fluids (including blood)
- Other animal cells, tissues, organs, or bodily fluids that may be infectious or recombinant
- Any large-scale propagation of biological materials, defined as greater than 10L in a single vessel
Beginning July 1, 2019, the UWM IBC will no longer accept Word Documents as a submission for a biosafety protocol at UWM and will switch entirely to iManager. iManager is a fully web-based system allowing users with an internet browser to securely: login and submit IBC submissions; send and receive automatic notices; view the status of active, closed, or recent submissions; and maintain the entire IBC file in one central place. It is the same system currently used for protocol submissions to the UWM IRB.
The IBC is administered by the UWM Biosafety Program and Biosafety Officer. If you have questions about the IBC, contact the Biosafety Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-588-4261. Regular office hours are 8:30am-4:30pm.