Biosafety

Our Mission

The mission of the Biological Safety Program at Indiana University is to ensure the safe use of recombinant DNA (rDNA), pathogenic microorganisms, and other infectious agents and toxins in research and teaching activities so as to eliminate or reduce the potential exposure of personnel or the environment. Rather than ensuring mere compliance with the federal regulations, IU’s Biological Safety Program strives to adhere to the highest ethical standards in the protection of personnel and the environment from potential exposure to rDNA, pathogenic microorganisms, and other infectious agents. In service of this mission, the Biological Safety Program endeavors to:

  • Continue to inform researchers about the application of the federal regulations in an effort to keep researchers current with evolving standards
  • Educate faculty, staff, and students who conduct research with rDNA, pathogenic microorganisms, and other infectious agents and toxins of their responsibilities to protect themselves and the environment from potential exposures
  • Develop new approaches that better serve the overarching mission of the Biological Safety Program and assessing the overall effectiveness of the program

Our Services

  • Initial Protocol Review
  • Assessment of Recombinant DNA (rDNA)
  • Select Agent Oversight
  • Biohazard Incidents and Emergencies (research related)
  • Lab Inspections and Training
  • Assessment of Biological Hazards
  • Biological shipping and receiving
  • Autoclave and Biosafety Cabinet Certification
  • Regulation (NIH Guidelines, BMBL 5th ed., etc)

Biosafety Training

About Import Permits

About Shipping Biological Materials or Samples

Publications & Resources

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Biological Waste Management