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Institutional Biosafety Committee

Protecting the FSU Community and the Environment from Biologically Hazardous Materials

In compliance with federal laws and regulations, we have established an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for the review and oversight of research protocols and teaching activities involving the use of recombinant DNA (rDNA), microbes, biological toxins, plant and animal tissues, including human and nonhuman primate materials.

All research involving the use of aforementioned materials conducted by our faculty, staff, or students, or sponsored, in part or in whole, by Fitchburg State must be reviewed and approved prior to the start of the project. Protocols must be conducted in full compliance with biosafety policies and procedures.

Prior to Registering a Protocol

Prior to completing an IBC Registration form, please review our Biosafety Manual.

(Please note that many protocols do not require review by the IBC and will be administratively approved by the IBC Chair. Some protocols will be reviewed by the IBC Chair, and given initial approval so that work may be started, pending review by the full IBC. Still other protocols will require full review by the IBC before work may be started on the project. For more information, please contact the IBC Chair.)

IBC Training Requirements

All investigators submitting new or renewal proposals to the IBC will be required to demonstrate completion of the CITI collaborative training modules within the past 36 months). These modules include Responsible Conduct in Research and IBC specific modules. For more information on the CITI program, and applicable training modules that may be required, please see the information below or contact the IBC chair or the Faculty Scholarship Coordinator, Dr. Meg Hoey.

Material Transfer, Research Intent and Intellectual Property Agreements

Investigators who require institutional approval of Material Transfer, Research Intent or Intellectual Property Agreements, should fill out, print and sign these agreements. Please provide paper copies of the signed agreements to the Dean of Health and Natural Sciences (Dr. John Schaumloffel, ex-officio member of the IBC, Thompson Hall 108) who will arrange institutional approval.

Procedure for Registration/Approval of Protocols

Download and complete the IBC Registration form and following the instructions provided on the form.

(NOTE: Some items on the form have a box for you to enter information. Only the material that appears in the box will print. Therefore, if the amount of information exceeds the size of the box, enter “See attached” in the box and attach the material at the end the form. Consult with the IBC Chair for any questions regarding filling out the forms.)

Next, obtain approval from your department chair. Scan all pages to PDF, including the signature page signed by both you and your department chair, and submit these via email to the IBC chair at You should retain in your records the hard copy of the signed proposal for the full duration of any approved protocol.

Approval for protocols is valid for a three-year time period. Re-registration for ongoing protocols will be need to occur after that time.

Exposure Control Plan

This plan eliminates or minimizes occupational exposure and the risk of developing infectious diseases associated with blood and other bodily fluids.

The Exposure Control Plan identifies those individuals who will face potential exposure, types of blood borne diseases as well as their mode of transmission, methods of implementation, occupation-specific controls, exposure incident and emergency procedures, training, and recordkeeping.

Committee Membership for AY17-18

  • Sean Rollins, Chair (Faculty, Biology and Chemistry)
  • Michael Nosek (Faculty, Biology and Chemistry)
  • David Heikkinen (Faculty, Exercise and Sports Science)
  • Melissa Legare (Staff, Biology and Chemistry)
  • Samantha Johnson (Community Member)
  • David Koch (Community Member)
  • Leah Fernandes (Staff, Safety Office)
  • John Schaumloffel (ex-officio, Administrator, Academic Affairs)

Committee Meeting Schedule

The committee's meetings are held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Antonucci Science Complex's third floor conference room, SCI 314. Meetings will be held on the following dates:

Spring 2018

  • Feb 1
  • Feb 22
  • April 5
  • April 26
  • May 10 (if needed)  

All IBC meetings are open meetings and may be attended by all members of the FSU community.

Meetings are held on Wednesdays. In order for committee members to have adequate time to review your materials prior to a meeting, all applications (and supporting materials) must be received by the Friday prior to a scheduled meeting. Materials received after this day will not be reviewed until the next month's meeting. The IBC Chair will notify you as to whether your protocol can be administratively approved, or if it will need full IBC review. If so, you will need to attend the IBC meeting to answer questions or address concerns raised by the committee members.

Meeting minutes are available upon request.

Contacting the IBC

A main goal of the Institutional Biosafety Committee is to facilitate the registration process. Please contact the committee through the Chair at any time for assistance with any protocol at