The University of Texas System Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) reports to the UTHealth Executive Vice President for Research on matters related to the use of recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (rDNA) technology in research, clinical and educational activities at UTHealth. The committee is charged with ensuring full compliance with NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules, referred to herein as the NIH Guidelines. The most recent version of the NIH Guidelines (April 2002) is available at the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (NIH OBA) website (http://www4.od.nih.gov/oba) and shall apply to all rDNA research performed at UTHealth, regardless of the rDNA research project funding source.
Specific tasks of the committee include:
UTHealth Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is designated as the monitoring and effecter arm of the IBC.
All activities of the committee are coordinated, as necessary, with other institutional components including the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), UT Employee Health Services, Center for Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care (CLAMC) and other UTHealth oversight committees, such as the IRB [Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS)] and the IACUC [Animal Welfare Committee (AWC)].
The IBC consists of a minimum of five voting members so selected that they collectively have experience and expertise in rDNA technology, and the capability to assess the safety of rDNA research and to identify any potential risk to public health or the environment. At least two members shall be unaffiliated with UTHealth (except as members of the IBC) and shall represent the interest of the surrounding community with respect to health and the protection of the environment. At least one member shall be a scientist with expertise in animal containment principles for studies requiring approval by the IBC. At this time there is no recombinant plant research being conducted at UTHealth, however, if this research is proposed to the committee in the future then at least one member will be sought with expertise in plant, plant pathogen, or plant pest containment principles for review of these studies.
The current UTHealth committee is comprised of the following voting members serving on two-year, staggered terms of appointment:
Ex Officio Members - the following are designated as members without vote:
* Required members by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
The current list of IBC members can be found online at: https://www.uth.edu/safety/biological-safety/institutional-biosafety-committee.htm