Laboratory inspections are a requirement for all experiments and teaching activities that are registered with the IBC. These activities may include work with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, infectious organisms, and/or biologically-derived toxins. Please refer to What Needs Approval. In order to receive initial approval for research and teaching activities, a current inspection report for the laboratory, facility, or farm where the activity will occur must be on file with the biosafety office. Inspections of biosafety containment level 1 laboratories, facilities, and farms are valid for 5 years. Inspections of biosafety containment level 2 and 3 laboratories, facilities, and farms which are not used for select agent work are valid for 3 years. Biosafety level containment 2 and 3 laboratories and facilities which are used for select agent work must be inspected annually. The investigator is responsible for ensuring that the appropriate inspections are obtained. To schedule an inspection, contact the Biological Safety Officer (BSO) at 744-3203. A pre-inspection will be conducted prior to the official inspection in an effort to answer questions and address any obvious issues.
The following steps will help investigators prepare for the inspections:
Information on biosafety containment levels and other guidance is available in the NIH Guidelines and the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition. Investigators are encouraged to consult these sources to ensure that their laboratories meet the required standards for sound biosafety.