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Who Must Apply

All research and teaching activities conducted by faculty, staff, students, post docs, visiting scientists and other personnel on Oklahoma State University property or in university-sponsored, funded, or-sanctioned activities are subject to IBC oversight if the activities involve the use of biohazardous materials, as defined in the university's Institutional Biosafety Policy.


All activities involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules and other biohazardous materials must receive IBC approval prior to initiating the research or teaching activity. All recombinant DNA activities must adhere to the NIH Guidelines whether or not they receive funding through the NIH. Biological agents fall into one of four risk groups. Please consult the NIH Guidelines Summary & Risk Groups tab or contact the Biological Safety Officer to determine which NIH classification or risk group is appropriate for your project.


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