petri dish.jpg

Mission

The IBC is charged with the responsibility for review, approval and surveillance of all research protocols at the University of Chicago involving the use of biohazardous materials including recombinant DNA, agents infectious to humans, animals or plants, and other genetically altered organisms and agents.

Defining Biohazardous Materials

For purposes of the IBC, biohazards are defined as potentially infectious agents, organisms or materials, biological toxins, organisms containing recombinant DNA and other genetically altered organisms and agents.  Using these materials in laboratory or clinical settings requires the prior review and approval of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and may require the review of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee or the Institutional Review Board (Humans).