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Institutional Biosafety Committee Program

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The mission of the Institutional Biosafety Committee program (IBCP) is to provide guidance to the Virginia Tech community regarding the use of biohazardous agents in research and instructional activities.

The program, as part of the Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance within the Office of Research and Innovation, is the administrative office that supports the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). 

Program staff are available to work with faculty, staff, and students to determine if their activities require Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) approval, to provide guidance with the submission of IBC protocols, and to answer questions related to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines and other requirements and regulations related to the use of biohazardous agents.

To learn more about the Institutional Biosafety Committee, including information about the types of activities that require IBC approval, meeting dates, submission requirements, and the review process, please visit the IBC website.

Upcoming Seminars

More seminars will be posted as they become available.

Meet and Greets

Meet and greet events, as well as other biosafety and biosecurity related events, are held on the Blacksburg campus throughout the year. These events are open to all members of the Virginia Tech community. During the events, program staff will be available to speak to attendees about the program, and to answer questions or to discuss needs related to the use of biohazardous agents and the National Institutes of Health guidelines.

Upcoming Meet and Greets

Aug. 27 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Litton-Reaves Hall,
RM 1370
Meet and Greet
Oct. 23 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fralin Hall Atrium Biosafety Day

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact the program director at 540-231-1910 or during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

To request personal discussions or Zoom meetings for yourself, lab personnel, faculty meetings, classes, or seminars please contact the IBCP office at