The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) also has responsibility for overseeing the following biosafety-related activities:
Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBAs)
The University must notify the Australian Government Department of Health regarding all research involving the use of Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBAs).
Therefore, all use of SSBAs must be notified to the IBC, via the IBC Executive Officer.
Information relating to SSBAs can be found on the Department of Health's SSBA website.
Physical containment (PC) facilities
There are four types of physical containment (PC) facilities: PC1, PC2, PC3 and PC4.
At Flinders, certified PC facilities include: laboratory, animal and plant. PC2 microbiology and biosecurity facilities are also available.
All work performed in a certified facility of a specific PC level must follow the procedures set out for that level of containment. PC facilities used for gene technology work must be certified by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR).
Internal inspections of PC facilities are regularly conducted to ensure compliance.
To request a PC facility certification, or to discuss renewal, variation or suspension of an existing certification, please contact the IBC Executive Officer, Dr Jess Hall.
Please note that the IBC is unable to provide financial assistance for PC facility maintenance or for equipment and reagent purchases. Facility supervisors are expected to maintain PC facilities in a compliant status as a requirement of retaining facility certification. The IBC’s role is to oversee compliance of the facilities by performing inspections, assisting with training, and providing advice about PC facility and biosafety requirements to facility operators.