The UTSA Institutional Biosafety Committee is a registered committee with the National Institutes of Health. This Committee reviews research protocols that involve potentially biohazardous materials and agents, recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids and the use of tissue isolated from vertebrates. The purpose of these reviews is to ensure that all activities involving these materials, and the facilities used to conduct such work, are in compliance with all applicable external regulations and University policies. The IBC is composed of UTSA research faculty, representatives from the UTSA Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management and community members outside the University. The committee meets the first Wednesday of each month. Please refer to the important dates and deadlines drop-down menu below for specific dates of meetings and submission deadlines or click HERE to see the meeting schedule.
Protocol Submission Deadlines and IBC Meeting Dates
Fiscal Year 2017
The Meetings for FY2017 are scheduled for the FIRST WEDNESDAY of each month @ 9:00 AM, with exception(*) of January.
|Application Deadline Date||IBC Meeting Date|
|Aug 31, 2016||Sep 07, 2016|
|Sep 28, 2016||Oct 05, 2015|
|Oct 26, 2016||Nov 02, 2015|
|Nov 30, 2016||Dec 07, 2016|
|Jan 04, 2017||Jan 11, 2017*|
|Jan 25, 2017||Feb 01, 2017|
|Feb 22, 2017||Mar 01, 2017|
|Mar 29, 2017||Apr 05, 2017|
|Apr 26, 2017||May 03, 2017|
|May 31, 2017||Jun 07, 2017|
|Jun 28, 2017||Jul 05, 2017|
|Jul 26, 2017||Aug 02, 2017|
NOTE: It is essential to submit protocols by the deadline in order to give all members of the committee adequate time to do thorough evaluations of each protocol.
|UTSA IBC Policy Approved 12-02-15 (PDF)|
|UTSA DURC Policy 2015 Approved 09-02-15 (PDF)|
|UTSA IBC Policy on AAV-rAAV Approved (11-06-13) (PDF)|
Bio Safety Resources
|Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management page for Material Safety Data Sheets|
|American Type Culture Collection (ATCC)|
|CDC Select Agent Program|
Bio Safety Protocol Processing Flowchart
A) Submit completed UTSA IBC protocol application form(s) electronically to the IBC Office on or before the applicable submission deadline. Print off signature page, sign it and send that to the “IBC Office” through campus mail.B) Application is placed on Agenda for next meeting and distributed to IBC for Full Committee Review.
C) Chair and Biological Safety Officer pre-review application and present for discussion by committee at regular meeting on 1st Wednesday of each month.
D) Possible outcomes of IBC review are reflected in the Score assigned to the application:
1 = Approved as written
2 = Tabled Pending Modifications and Re-review by Chairman
3 = Tabled Pending Modifications and Re-review by IBC at next convened meeting
4 = Declined (Disapproved)
E) Decision Notification. With a Score of 2, 3 or 4, the protocol application is returned to PI with written notification of the concerns of the committee.
F) Time required for subsequent actions/approval is heavily dependant upon the actions taken by the PI. A Score of “2” means that the revised application needs only to be re-reviewed by the Chairman (and any other IBC member who either specifically requests to be involved in the re-review or is asked by the Chairman to participate). That re-review can be done as soon the PI revises the application in light of the Decision Notification. If an application receives a Score of “3”, there are more substantive concerns with it, and the committee has voted to have the revision re-reviewed by the Full Committee at the meeting for which the submission of the revision meets the submission deadline. Clearly, the PI has the larger role in determining how long it takes to get his/her application approved.
If you need forms or information that is not on the website, you may contact the IBC Office: