News & Announcements


Announcement: The IBC announces the release of the new IBC Policy and Procedure Manual and completely revised forms (posted: 9/16/2016)

The IBC has released the new IBC Policy and Procedure Manual. The new manual is posted on the Policies and Procedure section of the IBC page. The manual supercedes the IBC policy posted on the DePaul policy page. The new forms reflect the new policy manual and should be used for all new submissions. Older forms will be accepted for the month of September 2016. The new forms are in fillable PDF format. The new manual expands the IBC's purview to activities that might not be covered under the previous policy and expands on IBC coverage of teaching activties.

Announcement: Updated Hepatitis B Vaccination Acceptance/Declination Statement form (posted: 11/11/14)

When DePaul faculty, staff, or students are working with any materials for research or teaching purposes that may potentially contain the Hepatitis B virus, the IBC will request documentation of proof of vaccination, a signed declination of vaccination, or an indication that the person wants to receive the vaccination through DePaul. The IBC has updated their Hepatitis B form to use the Hepatitis B Vaccination Acceptance/Declination Statement form that is used by Environmental Health and Safety Office. Therefore, there is only one form IBC investigators and their personnel need to complete and submit to both the IBC and Environmental Health and Safety Office. The IBC website also includes instructions for completing the form when the activity is linked to an IBC protocol.

Announcement: Recommendation to consult with the IBC Chair when laboratories utilizing biohazardous agents are renovated or constructed (posted: 11/11/14) 

The IBC recommends that all investigators working with biohazardous agents, regardless of the biosafety containment level 1 or 2 procedures required, consult with the IBC Chair, Dr. Joanna Brooke, when having laboratories renovated or constructed. The IBC Chair will ensure the plans for renovation or lab creation include the proper equipment and standards required to avoid any biosafety concerns and to properly contain the biohazardous agents utilizing the standards as described in the NIH Guidelines and the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL). 

Individuals who do not currently have active IBC protocols but who may conduct work that requires IBC review and approval in the future are more than welcome to also consult with the IBC Chair regarding their laboratory needs.

Announcement: Revised NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (posted: 11/12/12)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) has revised the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules to the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules to address biosafety considerations for research with synthetic nucleic acids. The changes are effective March 5, 2013. This means that all ongoing and newly proposed experiments that are subject to the revised NIH Guidelines must be submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) to the DePaul Institutional Biosafety Office (IBC) and approved by March 5, 2013.

The revisions expand the type of research which is subject to the NIH Guidelines to include synthetic nucleic acid molecules, adds hazard classification information for these types of molecules, adds additional responsibilities for the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) when reviewing research involving these molecules, and adds or revises several definitions.

As a reminder, the NIH Guidelines apply to all recombinant DNA research that is conducted or sponsored at or sponsored by institutions that receive NIH funding for any research involving recombinant DNA.

The DePaul IBC will be revising policy to incorporate these changes.

To read the Notice in the Federal Register: http://oba.od.nih.gov/oba/rac/fractions/77_FR_54584.pdf

To review FAQs about the changes: http://oba.od.nih.gov/oba/faqs/Synthetic_FAQs-Sept-2012.pdf​

Announcement: New Guidance document, “Information for Labs Conducting Recombinant DNA Research, Reporting of Incidents Involving Recombinant DNA to the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA)” (posted: 11/12/12)

On September 25, 2012 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) released a new Frequently Asked Questions guidance document which explains the types of incidents that must be reported to NIH OBA, who is responsible for reporting the incidents, what information must be included in the report, and other useful information about incident reporting.

To read the full FAQ document: http://oba.od.nih.gov/oba/ibc/FAQs/FAQs_about_Incident_Reporting.pdf ​