Institutional biosafety committee

Learn the steps to receive approval for research with biohazards at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

The IBC has overall responsiblity for approval of all research that involve the use of Biologicals.

Projects using non pathogenic Biologicals or those categorised as Biosafety Level 1 only require notification of the IBC. The Biosafety program team review and give feedback to the applicant in 5 working days and notify the IBC.

All research conducted by ILRI PIs or Research project staff, or ILRI System component with a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ILRI, involving any of the agents/materials listed below, must be approved by the ILRI Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) prior to initiation:

  • Pathogens and potential pathogens of humans, animals, or plants;
  • Materials potentially containing human pathogens (including human blood, tissue, and cell lines; non-human primate blood, tissue, and cell lines);
  • Recombinant DNA (and RNA), including creation or use of transgenic plants and animals;
  • Any material requiring an import or export license or a permit.

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for reviewing and approving biological research projects. It oversees the Biosafety Program at ILRI. The IBC coordinates application procedures for biological research to ensure that research personnel have adequate occupational health monitoring as well as training in safe work practices, dealing with emergencies and use of personal protective equipment. As well as considering new proposed activities, the IBC also reviews ongoing research for changes which would necessitate changes in procedures. The committee ensures that laboratory activities are planned and executed in such a way that every reasonable precaution is taken to protect the health and safety of employees, visiting scientists, students and the public and also to prevent damage to property and the environment. The IBC carries out these functions pursuant to both local and international legal requirements.

The current chair is Vish Nene (

If you are unsure whether your project involves biohazards, contact