The University of Cincinnati Biosafety Office is responsible for performing risk assessments to identify hazards and to guide researchers in implementing safety practices and procedures to minimize or eliminate risks associated with research involving biohazardous or potentially biohazardous materials.

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IBC Registration

All research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, biohazardous agents (e.g. bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, prions) and/or human and non-human primates source materials (e.g. blood, bodily secretions and tissues, primary and established cell lines), must be registered with the IBC.

To be registered with the IBC, Principal Investigators (PIs) must submit a protocol describing procedures and practices to safely conduct projects involving items within the IBC purview. 

To create a protocol, complete and submit the applicable form:

Learn more about the IBC 

IBC Required Training

Depending on the items listed on IBC protocols, authorized personnel might need to complete/update training, before protocols are approved. A full list of IBC-required training is available at Events + Training.

Lab Inspections & Lab Departure

As part of the post-approval monitoring program, BSL2 laboratories are inspected at least annually. For the of this procedure and related documents, please visit our Lab Inspections page.

Leaving UC or relocating? Learn more about Lab Departure procedures.

Shipment of Biohazardous Material and/or Dry Ice

Individuals packing materials for shipment must complete required training.

Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

Few life sciences research may present a high potential for yielding knowledge, products, or technology that could be directly misapplied to threaten public health or national security. Research involving certain organisms must be reviewed by the Institutional Review Entity. Contact the Biosafety Office for more information.



Mailing Address

Biosafety Office (ML 0767)
University of Cincinnati
University Hall, Suite 540 
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Street Address

University Hall, Suite 540 
51 Goodman Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45221

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General Inquiries

Phone: 513-558-6182