Training requirement

The NIH requires that researchers and laboratory personnel working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules recieve training specific to the NIH Guidelines.

To gain access to MyIBC: The Biosafety — NIH Guidelines Training Module is on the Internet-based Studies in Education and Research (ISER) website.

Once the module has been completed, there is a required wait time!

  • There is a 24 to 72-hour WAIT before you may begin using the electronic IBC review system. The data must transfer from the training module system to the Pitt online IBC system. It can take up to 72 hours before the data is transferred.

IBC User Training

Upcoming IBC Workshops, Guidance and Training

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

To schedule an appointment, or request a customized session to meet your specific needs, email

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 16 January 2019; Clarification on IBC module; updated Workshop link.