IBC Services

External Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) services refer to the provision of biosafety and biosecurity oversight and review by an independent body outside of an organization.

IBC services are used when an organization does not have the resources or expertise to establish an internal IBC or when an independent review is desired for added assurance and transparency. An external IBC comprehensively evaluates the biosafety and biosecurity risks associated with using biological agents in research, production, and other activities. They also review and approve proposals for the use of hazardous biological materials and provide guidance on compliance with regulatory requirements and best practices for biosafety and biosecurity. External IBC services can provide an objective and expert evaluation of an organization’s biosafety program, ensuring that all aspects of the program comply with local, national, and international regulations and promoting the safe and responsible use of biological agents.

  • Sitero manages Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for institutions externally that meet all NIH guidelines and requirements.
  • Sitero handles the committee setup, protocol review, NIH registration, Risk Assessment, IBC charter, and will guide the site and investigator through the review and approval process. Sitero can also handle amendments and annual reviews.
  • Sitero will manage and coordinate the concurrent IRB/IBC review process in compliance with all NIH guidelines when needed.
  • Sitero IBC has the Biosafety experts to help review and ensure the safety of infectious biological material.

All NIH-funded research involving a qualifying biologic agent must have an IBC review. IBC review is considered best-practice even if the project is privately funded.

IBC Coordination

For institutions that manage their IBC internally, Sitero can provide committee support and coordination. This can be as little or as much support as an institution needs but can remove the need for a dedicated IBC coordinator on-site while also adding Biosafety expertise.

Sitero IBC can offer:

  • NIH Registration management
  • Biosafety Reviews by Biosafety Subject Matter Experts
  • Risk Assessments
  • Recruitment and Management of Committee members
  • Coordination of Committee meetings
  • Protocol life cycle management
  • SOP development
  • Coordination of Inspections for protocol approval
  • Approval Memos
  • Tracking of reviews and amendments

What is an IBC?

An Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is an institution specific regulatory committee responsible for the review of research projects that use recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules (rsDNA/RNA).

This review is required by National Institute of Health (NIH) for any facility or project funded by NIH and is based at the location doing the research or administering the product. The main responsibility of an IBC is to independently assess the biosafety of the recombinant material in research. In addition, the IBC ensures all aspects of the NIH Guidelines are followed.

Biosafety Services

Biosafety Consulting

Sitero has biosafety professionals that can advise and assist in risk evaluation and mitigation. They can develop programs to promote safe microbiological practices, train on the proper use of containment equipment, and can provide advice on laboratory design.

Biosafety Training

Biosafety training is essential to a compliant and safe Biorisk management program. Education and training provides employers, managers, supervisors, and workers with the knowledge and skills needed to do their research safely.

IBC Resources

IBC resources, links, and FAQs to help understand how Sitero can help your IBC succeed.