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Research laboratories working with biohazardous material, microorganisms and/or recombinant or synthetic DNA technologies are special, often unique, work environments. The materials being used may pose special risks to persons working in or near the laboratory or to the environment should the material escape the containment procedures established for the laboratory. The UNC Charlotte Biosafety Program has been established to ensure the safe handling of biohazardous agents, ensure the appropriate assessment of potential risks, and reduce the opportunity of personnel exposure or accidental environmental release. Refer to University Policy #714 “Biosafety” detailing the purpose, parameters, and authority/oversight of the Program.
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for oversight of all research and teaching activities involved with potentially hazardous biological materials and recombinant or synthetic DNA. The IBC makes recommendations to minimize or eliminate risks associated with proposed research or teaching activities involving the use of biological hazards at, or sponsored by, the University.