Institutional Bio-Safety Committee (IBSC)

Institutional Bio-Safety Committee (IBSC) is the central point of the biosafety program within an organization and is to be constituted by every research organization involved in the handling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and rDNA. The structure of IBSC is pre-defined as per the norms of DBT and the members play an important role in scrutinizing the research proposals and other related activities as per the guidelines issued by Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

Chitkara University is a research and innovation-oriented university and works across all the disciplines to extend the boundaries of knowledge. To facilitate the process of extensive research in the domain of life sciences and biology, Chitkara University constituted Institutional Bio-Safety Committee (IBSC), a registered committee of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. IBSC is in a position to conduct onsite evaluation, assessment and monitoringof adherence to the biosafety guidelines with overall oversight of the regulatoryprocess, at the institutional level.

The responsibilities of the IBSC includes:

  • Review and clearance of project proposals falling under rDNA, LMOs, and GMOs category.
  • Risk assessment of biosafety program and their modifications.
  • Monitor the research facilities, procedures, and researchers involved in GMOs/LMOs and rDNA research.
  • Inform the Principal Investigator about IBSC review, approval, or rejection of their projects.
  • Helping the organization and Principal Investigator on the issues related to biosafety.
  • Assess the emergency plan proposed by the research team forresponding to an accidental release of a bio-toxic product.
  • Check regularly of any non-compliance of guidelines / problemsand report to the Head of the organisation and to Member Secretary,RCGM.