The purpose of Texas A&M University's Institutional Biosafety Committee is to ensure that the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules are adhered to at Texas A&M. Recombinant DNA molecules are defined by NIH guidelines as either:
See the section "Definition of Recombinant DNA Molecules" for further detail. The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) requires that all use of recombinant DNA at the university be registered with the IBC, even if the use seems to be simple and insignificant. In many cases this process will be as simple as filling out a form indicating that the type of recombinant work being carried out in your lab is exempt from NIH guidelines.
Therefore, all projects conducted by TEES researchers involving any of the agents/materials listed below, must be approved by the Texas A&M Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) prior to initiation:
IBC Authority and Responsibilities
All institutions that receive NIH funding for research involving recombinant DNA molecules must follow the NIH guidelines. Failure to adhere to these guidelines can result in suspension or termination of NIH funding, or to a requirement for NIH approval of any or all recombinant DNA projects at the institution. The IBC is therefore responsible for establishing and implementing policies that provide for the safe conduct of recombinant DNA research and that ensure compliance with NIH guidelines. IBC responsibilities are fully specified in Section IV-B-2-b of the NIH guidelines.
The principal investigator is responsible for registering all recombinant DNA work ongoing in their laboratory and for ensuring proper laboratory techniques and practices are followed. In addition, it is the responsibility of the PI to ensure proper training for all laboratory staff and to update the IBC whenever new recombinant DNA research projects are initiated or recombinant DNA protocols are changed. PI/PD responsibilities are fully specified in Section IV-B-7 of the NIH guidelines.
The Office of Biosafety engages with research programs and ensures that policies and guidelines established by the Institutional Biosafety Committee are carried out in compliance with federal, state, and university regulations. The office is led by the biological safety officer and responsible official.
The office also:
More information concerning the Texas A&M IBC approval process, as well as, all applicable forms and mandatory training can be found at the following link: http://biosafety.tamu.edu/
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