Institutional Biosafety Committee
NYU’s Institutional Biosafety Committee is responsible for ensuring that researchers conducting experiments that involve the use of potentially hazardous biological materials adhere to the policies and guidelines on the use of these agents at NYU.
The members of the Institutional Biosafety Committee review and oversee all forms of research involving recombinant DNA; infectious agents; nonhuman primate materials, including established cell lines; microorganisms or toxins that can pose a threat to public health or the environment, known as select agents; and human gene transfer studies. The committee also approves risk assessments and biosafety containment levels for such experiments.
Committee members ensure that all such research complies with NYU’s Institutional Biosafety Policy, rDNA Waste Policy, and rDNA Incident Response Policy, as well as the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines).
The committee ensures that all research involving potentially hazardous agents is conducted in a manner that protects researchers, laboratory workers, human research participants, the public, and the environment. The committee can inspect research facilities, review and approve research practices and procedures, and take actions—such as enforcing the cessation of research activities—if a workplace environment is deemed unsafe.
The committee is supported by NYU’s Environmental Health and Safety office. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institutional Biosafety Committee Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines
The committee meets once a month. Researchers must submit registrations using Research Navigator (Kerberos ID required for login) for review at least two weeks before the meeting date. Contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions. Upcoming meetings for 2019 are listed below.
|Submission Deadlines||Meeting Dates|
|May 16||May 30|
|June 10||June 24|
|July 11||July 25|
Research Navigator Training
Research Navigator is the online portal for investigators to submit new registrations to the Institutional Biosafety Committee and to manage their research portfolios. You can access the portal by logging in using your Kerberos ID. The following guidelines and instructions are available:
- create and submit initial human gene transfer products registration
- create and submit initial registration nonhuman gene transfer products registration
- create and submit an "agree to participate"
- create and submit an amendment
- create and submit an annual continuation for nonhuman gene transfer registration
- create and submit modifications
For researchers affiliated with NYU School of Medicine, the Recombinant DNA Handling course is available online through FOCUS, which you can access by logging in with your Kerberos ID.
If you have trouble logging in using your Kerberos ID or using Research Navigator, please call the Research Navigator help desk at 212-263-6868 for assistance.