Biosafety, biosecurity and gene technology

Biosafety, biosecurity and gene technology

The safety and wellbeing of all staff and students at Macquarie is our priority. For this reason, working with biohazardous materials, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), security sensitive biological agents (SSBAs) and agents requiring quarantine containment at Macquarie University requires guidance and approval.

Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), on behalf of Macquarie University, co-ordinates compliance with the relevant legislation and standards and provides advice on risks associated with biological materials. All research, teaching and services at the University involving GMOs, SSBAs, risk group 2 and above microorganisms and materials requiring quarantine approval must be assessed by the IBC before work can begin.

Please be advised that the IBC will be out of session from December 1st to January 31st.

NEW! Online application process

A new online application process has now replaced all biosafety risk assessment and GMO application forms. The new application is available from RMENET and is accessed by using your OneID. 

User guides are available for Applicants and Chief Investigators to assist with the new application and approval process. Please visit Submitting a new application for further information.

The use of humans, animals and their tissue, blood or body fluids in research and teaching may require additional approval from the appropriate Human or Animal Ethics Committees prior to commencement of work.

For more information contact the Biosafety team biosafety@mq.edu.au.

Macquarie University introductory biosafety course

The compulsory biosafety induction course is available online using iLearn. Please self enrol by clicking on the following link: Macquarie University introductory biosafety course 

Successful completion includes listening to the online recording and passing a multiple choice quiz. The pass mark for the quiz is set to 100%. After completing the quiz please advise biosafety@mq.edu.au to receive your Completion Certificate.

Biosafety and biosecurity manual

The Biosafety and biosecurity manual provides information on relevant legislative requirements and safe work practices when working with or being exposed to biological materials.

The manual covers basic biological safety requirements and it is expected that individual Faculties and Departments will develop and implement local safety instructions that are designed to meet their specific requirements but remain compatible with these guidelines.

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