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Institutional Biosafety Committee 

San Diego State University is responsible for ensuring that recombinant DNA research or experiments involving biological materials or potentially hazardous materials are conducted in compliance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) and the CDC Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories guidelines to promote safe and responsible practices. On behalf of SDSU, the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) reviews research for this purpose. The IBC is a committee of the University Research Council appointed by the Vice President for Research. Graduate and Research Affairs' Division of Research Affairs provides administrative support to the IBC. The IBC membership is determined based on federal guidance and includes a biosafety officer, an animal expert, scientists, and private citizens.

Obtaining IBC Approval

Principal Investigators using biohazardous materials or conducting experiments involving recombinant DNA in their laboratories must obtain approval from the IBC. To initiate this process, the investigator must complete a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) Form. The BUA may be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Biosafety Officer (BSO) for BSL-1 experiments. The BSO and the IBC will review research involving BSL-2 or BSL-3 experiments.

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NEW BUA Annual Continuation Forms

Beginning on January 1, 2016, PIs holding a current BUA will be required to submit an annual continuation form.The form can be accessed here: BUA Annual Continuation Form

Institutional Biosafety Committee

For information specific to the Institutional Biosafety Committee, contact Graduate and Research Affairs' Division of Research Affairs at 619-594-0905 or

For More Information

For information regarding SDSU's Biosafety Program please visit SDSU Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

For Institutional policies see the SDSU Biosafety Manual or contact:

Millie Tran
Interim Biosafety Officer
Phone: (619) 594-2865