The IBC is a faculty-led committee appointed by the Whittier College Faculty Executive Council (FEC) and consists of experts in various fields, including biosafety, human gene therapy, infectious disease, recombinant DNA, animal containment, plant containment, and occupational health. The committee will consist of a minimum of three faculty and/or administrative/staff members, including the Biosafety Officer, plus two members from the city of Whittier who are unaffiliated with Whittier College. The IBC is responsible for establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures involving hazardous biological materials and recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids to meet applicable federal, state, local and institutional regulations and guidelines.
The IBC reviews and approves protocols for academic research and teaching laboratories involving the following materials:
At its discretion, the IBC may also review protocols involving animals or animal specimens known to be reservoirs/vectors of zoonotic diseases.
To be approved for doing research involving a biohazard, you must complete the Biological Use Authorization (BUA) Form and the Laboratory Personnel Check List (for each research assistant).
If there is an accident in your laboratory involving a biohazard, you must fill out the Post Exposure Response Form.