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Institutional Biosafety

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University policy #50 requires all WCU faculty, staff, or students involved in they study of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules (r-DNA) research to follow established guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules have been published in the Federal Register (May 7, 1986, plus recent amendments).

All research at WCU that involves r-DNA must be registered with and approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Principal investigators (PI) of any on-campus research or proposals for off-campus r-DNA research funding must submit an application to the IBC prior to initiation of the study.

Request a Review

The IBC meets once a semester to review projects. To request a review of your research plan, complete the appropriate application linked below. Email the completed application and a copy of the Principal Investigator's C.V. to 

Investigators involved in rDNA research must complete lab safety training available through the Office of Safety and Risk Management

Form Purpose
Request for Initial Review This form is used for research or classroom protocols involving the use of rDNA. 
Request for Modification or Continuing Review This form is used to request modification or annual continuing review of a previously approved protocol
Training Checklist Template This is a template to assist Principal Investigator's with tracking training documentation of any student research assistants
NIH Section Citation Table  This is a table to assist researchers in determining the appropriate NIH Section citation for their protocol.


Useful links from the National Institute of Health Office of Science Policy:

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