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IBC Office

The IBC Office supports the efforts of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and assists researchers requiring IBC review.


MyIBC Important News UPDATE:  

The MyIBC system will be offline all weekend starting on Friday May 22nd at 5pm to May 24th Sunday 5pm.  This update will be for the operating system update.  If you have any questions, please send to ibo@pitt.edu      

IBC Pandemic Operation News:

The IBC Office is continuing to process incoming IBC applications.  The following information and review policy has been put into place until further notice:

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we realize that many University of Pittsburgh/UPMC researchers will be conducting research using recombinant SARS-CoV-2 materials. Note, that the NIH Guidelines mandate that EVERY protocol with recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids be discussed at an IBC meeting. The NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) has allowed the IBC to meet via videoconferencing during this time. 

In an effort to expedite IBC protocols or protocol modifications that include recombinant SARS-CoV-2 materials and not place undue burdens on volunteer IBC members and office staff, the IBC will expedite review of ONLY these protocols by reviewing them within 5 business days and placing them on the agenda for the next IBC meeting.

If there are protocols/protocol modifications containing recombinant SARS-CoV-2 materials, we will hold IBC meetings every 2 weeks until the COVID-19 emergency is under control:

  • May 26 
  • June 8  (regular IBC meeting)
  • June 22

All IBC protocols, protocol modifications, and renewals that do not contain SARS-CoV-2 materials will be discussed at regularly scheduled monthly IBC meetings. As usual, we recommend that these be submitted at least 10 business days prior to the meeting.

The next IBC Workshop: 

  • IBC 101 - Basics of Institutional Biosafety Review Process - cancelled for the time being

    IBC 101 - a workshop designed to provide a basic understanding of the Institutional Biosafety Committee review and process, with time at the end of the presentation to work on a live application.  IBC Office staff will be on hand to answer questions or provide technical assistance.

Follow link below to view and Register for the programs:

Check all IBC Office program offerings HERE!


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            page updated 13 April 2020; Updated Meeting information for SARS-CoV-2 Emergency