Biohazards in Research, Teaching or Testing
Learn the steps to receive approval for research with biohazards at Texas A&M University.
All research conducted by faculty, staff or students 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 reviewed and 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 Biosafety Program is responsible for providing training and support to faculty, staff and students in regulatory requirements associated with research reviewed by Texas A&M's IBC. Committee decisions and guidelines are regularly posted to the IBC website.
If you are unsure whether your project involves biohazards, contact the Biosafety Program.
Emergency Information? Call 911!
To report a biohazard spill or any laboratory incident:
During business hours, call the Biosafety Program 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 for assistance. Please provide the laboratory location and building information.
To report incidents or accidents involving a potential or overt exposure to biologically hazardous material, please contact:
Biosafety Occupational Health at 979-845-6649 or 979-862-6455.
Report A Concern
To report a concern regarding the unsafe use of biohazards please contact:
Or submit a report to(not for events presenting an immediate threat to life or property)