Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

All research protocols that propose the use of recombinant DNA must receive prior approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

University of Miami SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Research Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines

In keeping with NIH and CDC guidance, the Institutional Biosafety Committee and Environmental, Health and Safety are requiring that all research with live (isolated) SARS-CoV-2 virus be performed at BL3. There are currently no BL3 facilities at the University of Miami; therefore, this research is not authorized at the University.

All other work involving SARS-CoV-2, including clinical specimens and use of recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids, must be registered as per the attached table, Research Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines. Projects involving the use of recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids from SARS-CoV-2 will also require IBC approval. Project approvals will detail the required containment practices for the proposed work.

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) meets on the following dates:

 IBC Submission Deadline 2021

 IBC Meeting Dates 2021

Monday, January 6, 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Wednesday,  June 30, 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Thursday, January 20, 2022


If you have questions, please contact Ellen Kapsalis, Ph.D. Director Research Compliance at 305-243-2311 or email

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