The following research projects would require an IRBNet.org submission of an IBC protocol:
- Research that involves recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules and the cells, organisms and viruses containing such molecules. This includes the purchase, creation, or use of any transgenic material.
Recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules are defined as:
i. Molecules that are a) constructed by joining nucleic acid molecules and b) that can replicate in a living cell i.e., recombinant nucleic acids;
ii. Nucleic acid molecules that are chemically or by other means synthesized or amplified including those that are chemically or otherwise modified but can base pair with naturally occurring nucleic acid molecules i.e., synthetic nucleic acids, or
iii. Molecules that result from the replication of those described in i. or ii. above.
- Human or non-human primate source materials
- Includes cell lines (established or primary), tissues, blood, blood products, body fluids
- Exceptions: materials that were fixed prior to receipt (stained microscope slides)
- Naturally occurring or engineered micro-organisms or viruses capable of causing disease in humans and/or animals are Risk Group (RG) 2, 3 or 4 pathogens as defined by NIH (Note: This list is not all inclusive).
- Those agents not listed in RG 2, 3, and 4 are not automatically or implicitly classified as non-pathogens or in RG. Large doses or high concentrations could lead to illness (RG1) - V. vulnificus
- Includes any human, animal, and/or plant pathogen, and
- self-replicating (prions) and/or transactive proteins (Tat)
- Toxins (possession, use, and/or transfer)
- With an LD50 of 100 microgram/kilogram body weight or less
- Any newly discovered toxin for which the LD50 has not been determined
- Any toxin covered under the NIH Guidelines (any experiment involving the cloning of toxin molecules with an LD50 of less than 100 nanograms per kilogram body weight)
- Large scale cultures of over 10 liters in one vessel
- Environmental samples collected from areas that may contain infectious agents
If a Principal Investigator does not receive external funding, they must still register with the IBC as this is based on the biological materials used in their experiments and not on the funding source.
A risk assessment must be conducted based on the known and potential properties of the agents and their relationship to agents that are listed. Consult the following web site for guidance.
The Office of Research Integrity has an online Biological Safety Training module available to all BSU faculty, staff, and students. The link below will take you there.
Ball State University Biological Safety Training