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Marcie L. Ferguson
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Phone: 419.530.1415
Fax: 419.530.6015

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Why is institutional biosafety important?

The primary mission of The University of Toledo Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is to ensure the safety of faculty, staff and students participating in biological research at The University of Toledo, as well as humans and vertebrate animals enrolled in such studies. In addition, protocol review and approval by the IBC also serves to protect the general public and the environment from adverse consequences related to that research.  University policy requires that all research involving the use of potential biohazards must be submitted to the IBC for review and approval before research faculty may engage in any activities including such materials.

Biohazards include but are not limited to: viruses; bacteria; fungi; parasites; recombinant DNA; select agents and toxins; human blood, cells, and other tissues and products; plants and plant products and animals and animal products which cause disease. A potential biohazard is defined as: any biological agent that has the capacity to produce deleterious effects upon other biological organisms, particularly humans.

When such agents are to be introduced into live vertebrate animals, final approval of the associated animal use protocol by The University of Toledo Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is contingent upon IBC approval of the associated protocol for use of a biohazard. 

For additional information, see the Frequently Asked Questions presentation below or contact the IBC Administrator.

Institutional Biosafety Committee Administrator

Elaine Joseph, PhD - Compliance Analyst IACUC & IBC

Elaine Joseph, PhD, BS

Compliance Analyst, IACUC, IBC
The University of Toledo
Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
Health Science Campus | CCE 2102

Phone: 419.383.4251

Biosafety Forms
RSP601Part 1: General Information - Required for All IBC Applications
Public Health Agency of Canada "Bio-agent Safety Data Sheets"
(to assist with Health Risks questions on IBC protocol form)

PDF file
Updated 8.29.2018
RSP605 | IBC Protocol Amendment Request Form

PDF file
Updated 5.21.2018

Federal Regulations
For federal regulations regarding the use of recombinant DNA, Infectious Agents and Select Agents/Toxins,
This will take you to the UT Federal Biosafety Regulations webpage.
Updated 1.25.2018

IBC Protocol & FAQ's

If your research requires an IBC Protocol, please download and review the IBC Protocol & FAQ presentation.

IBC Protocol & FAQ Updated 09/10/2018

Last Updated: 9/10/18