Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

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.

IBC Information

Meetings for Fiscal Year 22 are scheduled for the FIRST WEDNESDAY of each month at 9:00 AM (January excluded)

Application Deadline Meeting Date
June 30, 2021 July 7, 2021
July 28, 2021 August 4, 2021
August 25, 2021 September 1, 2021
September 29, 2021 October 6, 2021
October 27, 2021 November 3, 2021
November 24, 2021 December 1, 2021
December 29, 2021 January 12, 2022*
January 26, 2022 February 2, 2022
February 23, 2022 March 2, 2022
March 30, 2022 April 6, 2022
April 27, 2022 May 4, 2022
May 25, 2022 June 1, 2022
June 29, 2022 July 6, 2022
July 27, 2022 August 3, 2022

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.

Submit completed applications electronically to by 5:00 p.m. on the application deadline. For assistance please contact the IBC office at (210) 458-8515 or (210) 458-7733.
For details of meeting locations, please contact

  1. 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.
  2. Application is placed on Agenda for next meeting and distributed to IBC for Full Committee Review.
  3. Chair and Biological Safety Officer pre-review application and present for discussion by committee at regular meeting on 1st Wednesday of each month.
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Contact the IBC office, (210) 458-8515 or (210) 458-7733 for further information.