News & Events

New Biosafety Training Requirement

In an effort to bring MUSC's research education practices into alignment across all regulatory oversight committees (IRB, IACUC, IBC), and to simplify compliance with new and continuing education requirements, we are pleased to announce the following changes to the Biosafety Training Requirements: 

  • As of July 1, 2015, the IBC will only accept biosafety training through the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative Program (CITI).
  • This new requirement applies to all personnel listed on new IBC application submissions and when adding project personnel onto an existing IBC-approved registration by amendment.
  • The CITI education requirements are more comprehensive than previous MUSC required biosafety training.
  • The CITI Biosafety Training Course allows researchers to complete education modules that are relevant to the type of research they conduct.
  • Once researchers complete the revised education requirements, CITI training will be valid indefinitely. As research goals change, however, additional modules may need to be taken.

Compliance with educational requirements will be audited by staff within the Office of Research Integrity. For more information on these new and existing biosafety training requirements, visit the Education and Training page.

New Electronic System

An electronic IACUC/IBC protocol submission and DLAR facility management system has been purchased and is currently in testing and development. News on rollout sessions and training classes will be shared as firm dates and information become available, but the research community should expect more details mid-2015.

New Biosafety Officer

Dr. Chris Voelkel-Johnson has stepped down from her role as IBC Chair and taken over Dr. Dan Eisenman's duties as biosafety officer.

New IBC Chair

Dr. Caroline Westwater has assumed the role of IBC Chair after taking break in service on the IBC, on which she had served for many years prior.

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