IBC Training

Training requirement

The University is now requiring either Pitt or UPMC email addresses in order to gain access to MyIBC.

The NIH Guidelines requires training for all researchers and laboratory personnel working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid moleculesThis is currently a one-time requirement.

To gain access to MyIBC:

The Biosafety — MyIBC Training Module is now on the University of Pittsburgh's CITI Access Portal website.

  • Set up your CITI account
  • Click the "Login" button to sign on your CITI Account
  • Search for the "Biosafety - MyIBC" course
  • Once the course is completed, access will be provided to MyIBC - AFTER data transfer (typically overnight)


IBC User Training opportunities: Upcoming IBC Workshops, Guidance and Training

The IBC offers personalized Q&A, guidance, and/or training for the online IBC submission process (MyIBC) 

To schedule an appointment, or request a customized session to meet your specific needs, email ibc_support@pitt.edu.

Investigator Responsibilities under the NIH Guidelines, Section IV-B-7:

The investigator is responsible for full compliance with the NIH Guidelines in the conduct of research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, including ensuring that reporting requirements are fulfilled, and is accountable for any reporting lapses. 

See the IBC Policy definition of Investigator

Dual Use Research (DUR) and Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC):

Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) is defined as life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security. DURC training module »

For more information: University of Pittsburgh DURC website


Page updated 2 May 2022; updated contact email