IBC Roles and Responsibilities

What is an Institutional Biosafety Committee?- Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC) were established under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules to provide local review and oversight of nearly all forms of research utilizing recombinant DNA. Over time, many institutions have chosen to assign their IBCs the responsibility of reviewing a variety of experimentation that involves biological materials (infectious agents) and other potentially hazardous agents (carcinogens). This additional responsibility is assigned entirely at the discretion of the University.

What is Marquette's responsibility with regard to its IBC? - Marquette is responsible for ensuring that all recombinant DNA research conducted at or sponsored by Marquette is conducted in compliance with the NIH Guidelines. Institutional authority and responsibility place accountability for the safe conduct of research at the local level. More specifically, each institution conducting or sponsoring recombinant DNA research that is covered by the NIH Guidelines is responsible for:

What are the general responsibilities of IBC's and what matters do they consider in their review of research involving recombinant DNA? - On behalf of Marquette, IBCs review recombinant DNA research projects for compliance with the NIH Guidelines. This entails examination of a number of matters, including;


Composition of the IBC Committee

Based on the types of research activities at Marquette University, the IBC will normally have the following minimum representation:


Duties of the IBC

The IBC is responsible for the following functions on behalf of Marquette University

Review shall include the following:



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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Research Compliance, in cooperation with and in support of the Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, and Institutional Biosafety Committee, is to facilitate safe and ethical research conducted by Marquette faculty, staff and students in the areas of human subjects, animal subjects, radiation safety and biosafety.