Biological, Chemical, and Radiation Safety Committee (BCRS)
The BCRS committee is specifically charged with the responsibility to establish general policies and standards for the safe use of biohazardous agents at UTB and to assure human and environmental safety in their use in research and teaching. The committee has oversight over the University's research programs involving biological, chemical, or radiological agents within the University. The BCRS, working with the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), ensures compliance with University, state, and federal regulations with regard to the use of biological, chemical and radiological agents in research and teaching.
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) - subcommittee of BCRS
The University of Texas at Brownsville complies with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules, effective June 24, 1994, published in Federal Register July 5, 1994, (59 FR 34496) and all subsequent amendments issued by the NIH Director with advice of the RAC, and Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, CDC/NIH, Fifth Edition, February 2007.
The NIH Guidelines outline procedures involving use of recombinant DNA and describe the roles, responsibilities and relationships among the principal investigator (PI), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (rDNA review committee) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Policies and procedures comply with applicable federal law, state statutes, and University policy in maintaining the highest standards for the handling and use of recombinant DNA.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY PROTOCOL WITH FUNDING MUST HAVE A DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST ON FILE.