Updated IBC Protocol

(From the May 2018 issue of Research Now)

An updated IBC protocol form released late March includes a number of improved processes. Enhancements include:

  • Ability to easily add and remove staff – amendment no longer required.
  • The integration of the Source Material Registration (SMR) into the eIBC protocol.  No action required for labs with current SMRs.
  • More relevant questions for those working with transgenic animals and recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules

Along with the changes to the protocol system, training requirements have been established for protocols involving human gene transfer or rDNA work.  These include: 

  • Human Gene Transfer (HGT) Research
    • For Principal Investigators and Clinical Research Coordinators involved in a HGT study and listed on an IBC protocol.
      • Online through CITI
      • Recertification: 3 years
    • NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
      • All personnel with potential for exposure to recombinant or synthetic acid molecule work for which an IBC protocol is required (as indicated by the NIH Guidelines) must complete this training module.
        • Online through CITI
        • Recertification: 3 years

Instructions on how to access the training modules are as follows:

  1. Log into CITI and select “Add a Course” from My Learner Tools.
  2. Select Biosafety/Biosecurity Course
  3. Select Applicable Training Course(s)

The training requirements will need to be completed prior to the approval of new IBC protocols.  Approval of the annual progress report for existing IBC protocols will be withheld until relevant training is complete for those listed on the protocol. 

If you have any questions or issues during this changeover please feel free to contact Kimberly Jennings.