Submit an application

Submit an application

Online Biosafety Management at Macquarie

Applications must be submitted via the Biosafety Management system.

All applications must be approved by the Chief Investigator prior to an IBC submission.

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 and supporting resources relating to submitting applications and managing approved projects please refer to the Biosafety Management support page.

Or contact the Biosafety team biosafety@mq.edu.au.

What work requires a biosafety application?

At Macquarie University, Biosafety Applications are required for all research, teaching or services that involve the use of biological materials.

Work involving any of the below categories:

must not commence until IBC approval has been received and you have completed your Macquarie University introductory biosafety course.

Low risk projects will require submission of an online application however these are treated as a notification. Low risk projects include work involving non-pathogenic microorganisms or other biological material or agent unlikely to cause human or animal disease or harm the environment.

Review process and managing approved applications

The IBC reviews applications between February 1 and November 30. Applications can be submitted online and are reviewed via an expedited review process. This means the committee does not need to be in session in order to consider applications.

Notification of the committee's feedback is sent to the Chief Investigator by email, and often researchers will be asked to provide clarifications or make changes to the application. Depending on the requested modifications, the responses received and the time taken to review responses, the review process from submission to final approval may take some time.

IBC approval is granted for a period of up to five years. A hard copy of all approved risk assessments must be made available for reference in the respective laboratory and must be updated when projects change or expire.

Approvals for work involving GMOs are done under the provision that annual progress reports are submitted to the Biosafety Secretary each year. For more information and supporting resources relating to submitting applications and managing approved projects please refer to the Biosafety Management support page.

Should you have any questions, contact biosafety@mq.edu.au.

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