IBC-Research with Hazardous Materials

All research conducted by Texas A&M University-Commerce employees or students, involving any of the agents/materials listed below, must be approved by the Texas A&M University-Commerce Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) prior to initiation of the research:

  • 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;
  • Select agents and toxins (see including strains and amounts exempted from the select agent regulations;
  • Any material requiring a Center for Disease Control import license or a United States Department of Agriculture permit.

Biosafety Required Training

All individuals involved in the biosafety research must first complete the required compliance training, Biosafety and Responsible Conduct in Research. This requirement is met by the successful completion of the online training module from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website.

Steps to Register and Begin Your Training:

CITI Website Link:

Click "New Users Register Here"
Select Texas A&M University-Commerce as your participating institution
Complete the remaining registration form
Select the Biosafety/Biosecurity Course in the Learner Groups:

  • Biosafety Complete Training Series Groups

You are also required to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research module.  Please select the appropriate module from the following:

  • Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research Course

Actual Course Titles are as listed above.

Standard Operating Procedures

Biosafety Protocol Forms

To gain approval of your biosafety research you must complete and submit the appropriate biosafety protocol forms.

Required Protocol Forms

Additional Protocol Forms (if applicable)

Please submit your protocols to Ms. Glenda Denton, Office of Sponsored Programs or

2020 IBC Meeting Schedule

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Place: NHS 329 Conference Room

The public is welcome to attend all IBC meetings as listed in the schedule below.

All IBC submissions (new protocols, renewals or amendments) MAY require full board review and must be reviewed at convened meetings of the IBC. To ensure adequate time for review and consideration, submissions should be sent to by the deadlines indicated below. Prescreening by the IBC staff may identify revisions required by the investigator. These revisions could delay full board review. So plan according and submit early.

IBC Submission Dates for IBC Review

IBC Meeting Dates

Monday, July 13, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020


Please contact Dr. Venu Cheriyath, IBC Chair (903-468-3116) or or Ms. Glenda Denton (903-886-5766) or