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Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for the oversight, review and approval of all biological research conducted at Saint Louis University, as well as institutional compliance with federal, state and local requirements governing the use of biological materials, including select agents and toxins, and life sciences dual use research of concern (DURC).

Getting Started

Determine if IBC Review is Required

Review is required for:

  • Research involving any human, plant, or animal pathogen.
  • Research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules.

A PI may not acquire, take possession of or introduce into any SLU laboratory a new biological agent until required IBC approval for the use and/or storage of the new biological agent is attained.

Complete Required Training and Inspections
  • Annual Laboratory Safety Training
  • Laboratory Specific Training
  • Annual Bloodborne Pathogen Training (if research involves work with HIV, HBV, HCV or human and nonhuman primate biological materials.)
  • Shippers Training every two years (if biological agents will be transported on public roads or by air.)
  • All laboratories working with biological materials must be inspected annually. The inspection form is provided above.
  • For research requiring BSL-3 or ABSL-3 facilities, before beginning preparation of eIBC protocol, you must complete the training specified in Section C of Minimum Training and Experience Requirements for BSL-3/ABSL-3 Work with SARS-CoV-2 and Other High Risk Pathogens.
  • Other specific training as applicable.
Prepare an eIBC Protocol
  • SLU utilizes eIBC - powered by ePROTOCOL for the creation and submission of biosafety protocols (Visit
  • The eIBC system functions well on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox 10 or later, or Apple Safari 5.6.1. Pop-ups must be enabled.
  • The eIBC system is open to all Saint Louis University investigators. To log in, use your SLU user name and password.
  • The eIBC dashboard will show all of the protocols on which you are listed as personnel. Personnel listed as Principle Investigator, Co-Investigator, Lab Supervisor or Study Coordinator can edit the protocol. Personnel listed under Other Personnel can only view the protocol.
  • Individual training certificates can be attached or the Laboratory Training Record document above can be used.
  • The eProtocol IBC Principal Investigator User Guide provides detailed instruction for creating, amending and cloning protocols. For further instruction, contact the IBC coordinator at 314-977-6897 or
Submit eIBC Protocol
  • It is expected the PI will complete the eIBC protocol with the same level of quality, attention to details and diligence (including timely submission) as their research deserves.
  • When a new protocol is created, all questions must be answered and boxes filled in or you will be unable to submit the protocol to the IBC for review.
  • Post submission, protocols undergo pre-review by the IBC Coordinator and BSO.
IBC Approval
  • New protocols undergo full review by the committee. Amended protocols and annual reviews undergo full committee review as well unless the changes are minor and do not significantly affect biosafety, in which case the protocol will be assigned designated review by the IBC coordinator for review and interim approval by the biological safety officer (BSO) between meetings.
  • After final approval by the IBC, eIBC protocols are active for five years and can be amended at any time during that period by the PI.
  • Protocols become nonactive the day after the five-year expiration and all work on the project must cease. A 30-day, seven-day and one-day expiration notice will be sent to the PI. A new or cloned protocol must be created and title of the protocol should contain the following: (Five-Year Renewal of Protocol #____-_____).
  • Annual Continuing Review prior to the anniversary approval date of the protocol is required. A 30-day, seven-day and one-day request for review notice will be sent to the PI.
  • eIBC Protocols must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the scheduled IBC meeting date for review. This is to ensure adequate time for pre-review by the IBC coordinator and BSO as well as providing sufficient time for submission to the committee members for their review before the meeting.
Upcoming IBC Meeting Dates
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2022