Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

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IBC Information

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is committed to the safe, legal, and ethical use of hazardous chemical and biological materials in its facilities. Acting as an agent for the institution in regulating work involving such materials, the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) shall ensure that work in the following four categories (the “Covered Work”) meets all applicable safety, legal, and ethical requirements:

  • Work involving biological agents, including but not limited to, those agents in all risk groups as defined in Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL)
  • Recombinant DNA (rDNA) as defined by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines)
  • Dual-use research of concern as defined by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS))
  • Select agents and toxins (SAT), regulated either by DHHS or by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)


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