Biohazards in Research

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Learn the steps to receive approval for research with biohazards at Texas A&M University.

All research conducted by a member of the faculty or staff of Texas A&M, or a component of The Texas A&M University System with a written agreement for biosafety related services with Texas A&M, involving any of the agents/materials listed below, must be approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) prior to initiation:

  • Pathogens and potential pathogens of humans, animals, or plants;
  • Materials potentially containing human pathogens (including human blood, tissue, and cell lines; non-human primate blood, tissue, and cell lines);
  • Recombinant DNA (and RNA), including creation or use of transgenic plants and animals;
  • Select agents and toxins (see http://www.selectagents.gov/) including strains and amounts exempted from the select agent regulations; or
  • Any material requiring a CDC import license or a USDA permit.

The Office of Biosafety is responsible for providing training and support to faculty and staff in regulatory requirements associated with research reviewed by Texas A&M's IBC. Committee decisions and guidelines are regularly posted to the IBC website.

Program Information


If you are unsure whether your project involves biohazards, contact the Biosafety Program.

Emergency Information

During business hours, call the Office Biosafety at 979.862.4549 and ask to speak with a biosafety officer. Please provide the laboratory location and building information.

After business hours, call the communications center at 979.845.4311 and ask to speak with a biosafety officer. Please provide the laboratory location and building information.

Report A Concern

To report a concern regarding the unsafe use of biohazards please contact:

    Office of Biosafety
    979.862.4549
    979.458.2669 fax

      Or submit a report to Texas A&M EthicsPoint (not for events presenting an immediate threat to life or property)