The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at UW-Madison has responsibility for oversight of research using biological materials that entails a potential risk to humans, animals, plants, or the environment.
This research includes, but is not necessarily limited to, studies involving recombinant DNA, infectious agents, toxic chemicals used to elicit a biological response, or other substances that may be toxic to living organisms. The IBC is authorized to approve, require modifications to secure approval, or disapprove these proposed research activities.
The Office of Biosafety (OBS) is here to provide biosafety guidance to the UW-Madison research community and serve the IBC in an administrative role. OBS promulgates biological aspects of safety through laboratory visits, consultations, training as well as following regulations regarding biosafety in laboratory spaces.
The OBS should be your first contact with questions relating to biological work in the College of Engineering.