Institutional Biosafety Committee

Middlebury College’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for overseeing research projects conducted at the College that involve recombinant DNA (rDNA) and other biohazards. The IBC is a standing committee of faculty, staff, and community members that reports to the Director of the Sciences.

The IBC's primary objective is to safeguard all members of the College community, visitors to the College, the general public, and the environment.

The IBC is constituted specifically to discharge the College’s obligations and responsibilities under current government requirements, including those of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA), and any other requirements that overlap with those covered by other College Committees such as the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), or by institutional staff responsible for safe handling of radioisotopes and other biohazardous materials.

The IBC has the authority to suspend or terminate research that is not being conducted in accordance with NIH requirements. It also reports problems or violations of the NIH Guidelines and research-related accidents or illnesses to the College and to NIH’s Office of Science Policy (OSP).

Download the registation form, which must be submitted for any teaching or research activities involving recombinant DNA.

Download Middlebury's IBC Policy.

Other Resources

Research with human subjects - Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Research with animals - Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Lab safety - Sciences Environmental Health & Safety 

Campus and workplace safety - Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)


Questions about the IBC? Contact the IBC Staff.