Office of Research Integrity and Outreach

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is a standing committee responsible for ensuring that research involving a biosafety risk is well planned and ethical.

IBC Submission Requirements and Application Forms

Only complete protocol submissions will be accepted for review.  A submission is considered complete ONLY when it satisfies all four of these requirements:

  1. Each submission must utilize the appropriate form below.
  2. Each submission must answer all questions fully and in sufficient detail to allow reviewers to make the determinations required.
  3. Each submission must include all attachments requested in the form or email to USMORIO@maine.edu

Applicants please note that most applications require more than one review because the IBC often requests additional information and/or changes. Therefore, applicants should leave ample time for additional review before the anticipated research start date. If submitting A Continuing Review, the form has a section for Revision/Amendment if applicable.

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IBC Training

All IBC Members as well as Primary Investigator and Key Personnel working under an IBC protocol are encouraged to take this training. 

  1. Click here for CITI training basic course guide, you will have to register https://www.citiprogram.org/
  2. Please select the University of Maine System as the Participating Institution
  3. Check the box for "Basic Biosafety Training" then take the "Training for Investigators, Staff, and Students Handling Biohazards." 

IBC Resources 

Biosafety Officer (BSO)

The University of Southern Maine campus does not have a Biosafety Officer. "The institution will appoint a Biosafety Officer (BSO) if it engages in large-scale research or production activities involving viable organisms containing rDNA molecules, biological agents in RG-3 or 4, or Select Agents."