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.

Export Control Compliance

The export (international transfer) of certain biological materials and agents is highly regulated under U.S. export control requirements. If you plan to export any of these materials directly, or transfer any  of them domestically with knowledge that they will be exported internationally by the domestic recipient, please contact the FIU Office of Export Control at

For more information, visit the FIU Export Control website.