Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBSC)
Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India

In accordance with the "Rules for the manufacture, use/import/export and storage of hazardous microorganisms/ genetically engineered organisms or cells, 1989" (hereinafter referred as Rules, 1989) notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules Bharathidasan University has established an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBSC). The IBSC is responsible for reviewing and approving those research activities conducted by faculty, staff, students, and/or visiting scientists on Bharathidasan University property, and/or under the control of Bharathidasan University faculty, staff or students, that involve the use of biohazardous materials including regulated animal and plant pathogens, biological toxins, and recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules.

The responsibilities of the IBSC include, but are not limited to the following:

* Review and clearance of project proposals falling under restricted category and as per guidelines issued by DBT from time to time.

* Tailoring biosafety programme to the level of risk assessment

* Assess and monitor the research facilities, procedures and experts involved in GMOs/LMOs and rDNA research

* Inform the Principal Investigator about IBSC review, approval or rejection of their projects

* Information of all relevant activities involving the use of GMOs/LMOs and rDNA research to the RCGM

* Ensure that the information provided in the application form is correct and complete

* Provide guidance to Principal Investigator on the issues related to biosafety while using GMOs/LMOs and rDNA research including safety of all the members associated with the research activity

* Assess field experiments to ensure that the proposed risk assessment, risk management and emergency plan are sufficient

* Review the emergency plan proposed by the Principal Investigator for responding to an accidental release of a GMO and those adopted to meet any exigencies. Copies of site emergency plan to be submitted to RCGM, GEAC, State Biotechnology Coordination Committee (SBCC) or District Level Committee (DLC) as the case may be, as per Rules, 1989.

* Review and report to the Head of the organisation and to Member Secretary,

* RCGM of any non-compliance of guidelines / problems

The IBSC provides recommendations to the intramural community in matters pertaining to the control of biohazards associated with the use of microbiological agents and their vectors. It also represents the interests of the surrounding community with respect to public health and protection of the environment.