The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is a university-wide review body that oversees activities involving potentially hazardous biological agents. The IBC ensures that research activities using these materials and conducted at UMass Lowell are in compliance with the NIH Guidelines, Federal, State and Local laws and regulations. UMass Lowell is committed to ensuring the safe handling, storage, and disposal of potentially harmful biohazardous materials for research or instructional projects. The biohazardous materials of particular concern that are covered by the IBC include:
The IBC must, at times, communicate and coordinate review and approval of research projects with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IBC may also provide recommendations for education and training related to biosafety for all UML faculty, staff and students that may be involved in the use of such materials.