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About the Institutional Biosafety Committee

The primary responsibility of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is to review research and teaching activities involving the use of materials that have the potential to pose a danger to the health and safety of the researchers and the community.

Anyone utilizing regulated biohazardous materials in teaching or research at Penn State must submit proposed use to the IBC for review and approval prior to utilizing the materials. In addition to the use of regulated biohazardous materials, Penn State policies address infectious-waste disposal and the handling of human blood and tissue samples.

If you have suggestions for IBC-related workshop topics, please submit them on our Topic Suggestions Page.

If you are interested in serving on Penn State University's Biosafety Committee, please contact the Office for Research Protections at

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The Animal, Biosafey and Isotope Research Protection Program, in the Office for Research Protections, facilitates the activities of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at all campus locations except the College of Medicine.