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FUNCTION OF USM BIOSAFETY COMMITTEE (UBSC)

  • Provide guidance to Principal Investigator (PI) on biosafety policies and issues in the use of Living Modified Organism (LMO)/rDNA research,   including safety of laboratory personnel and other members of the organisation.
  • Recommend approval for LMO/rDNA research project that are found to conform to Biosafety Act 2007 and Biosafety (Approval and Notification) Regulations 2010 and periodically reviewing these research projects.
  • Assess and monitor the facilities, procedures, practices, training and expertise of personnel involve in LMO/rDNA research.
  • Notify the PI of the results of the IBC’s review, approval, or rejection of their application for approval and notification of all activites involving the use of LMO/rDNA to the National Biosafety Board (NBB).
  • Assess and set containment levels for LMO/rDNA research and modify containment levels as necessary.
  • Assess field experiments to ensure that the proposed risk assessment, risk management and emergency response plan are sufficient.
  • Adopt and implement emergency reponse plan covering accidental spills and personnel contamination, resulting from LMO/rDNA research.
  • Review and report to the Vice Chancellor and to the NBB any significant problems with non-compliance of the Biosafety Act 2007 and Biosafty (Approval and Notification ) Regulations 2010 and any significant research-related accidents or illnesses.
  • Ensure the information provided in the relevant application form (Approval/Nofitication) is correct and complete.
  • Perform other functions as prescribed by the Biosafety Act 2007 and its regulations or guidelines.

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