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The Biosafety program provides support and guidance on the safe use of biological materials in research and academic settings. Program responsibilities include:

  • Minimizing risk for unhealthful exposures to biological materials and infectious agents.
  • Inspecting facilities to ensure compliance with regulation on safe use of biological agents, toxins and animals.
  • Providing services and consultations for acquiring, receiving, transporting, storing, using and disposing of biological agents, toxins or specimens.
  • Training and education on best practices to support biosafety.

For more information on university biosafety policies and procedures, please consult the FIU  Biosafety Manual

Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) Research

Biosafety level 2 research must be approved by EH&S and the appropriate research compliance committee. BSL2 designation can be requested through a facility evaluation. To have your lab evaluated, fill out the BSL2 Safety Compliance Checklist and submit it to EH&S.

For more information, or to request a research proposal review, please contact the Biosafety Office at 305-348-2621.

Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Research

The FIU Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance with NIH Guidelines for all activities involving rDNA and synthetic nucleic acids.