Needham, Mass. — March 11, 2015 — Fifteen best practices to help Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) improve their functionality and compliance — and better protect their workers, communities, and institutions — are detailed in a new whitepaper available to download at http://www.eheinc.com/ibc_practices.htm.
The whitepaper is titled “Best Practices for a Highly Functioning, Compliant Institutional Biosafety Committee.”
“Last year there were several lapses in safety practices at Federal laboratories, drawing significant attention and compromising the public’s confidence in biomedical research,” said whitepaper author Betsy Gilman Duane, MS, RBP, CBSP, Practice Director, Life Sciences at Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E).
“But each Institutional Biosafety Committee is unique. After satisfying the requirements of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their local communities, the best practices recommended in the whitepaper can enhance the experience for IBC members, facilitate compliance as well as science, and provide opportunities for improvement for Institutional Biosafety Committees as the cornerstone of their institution’s Biosafety Management System,” she stated.
The 15 best practices addressed in the whitepaper involve the scope of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, data collection, training, leadership, conflicts of interest, project and procedure reviews and audits, biosafety officer qualifications, public communications, disposition of materials, and others.
Gilman Duane is past president of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), facilitated the establishment of the New England Biosafety Association (NEBSA), and is on the Board of the Eagleson Institute. At EH&E, she oversees biological safety and environmental health and safety programs for life science clients.
To download the whitepaper, Best Practices for a Highly Functioning, Compliant Institutional Biosafety Committee,” visit http://www.eheinc.com/ibc_practices.htm.
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