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WTAMU Research: Biosafety


Biohazards in Research

All research conducted by a member of the faculty or staff of West Texas A&M University 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;
  • Any material requiring a CDC import license or a USDA permit; or
  • Any material that is considered extremely toxic or a hazardous substance


The Office of Research and Compliance is responsible for providing training and support to faculty and staff in regulatory requirements associated with research reviewed by West Texas A&M University's IBC. Institutional Biosafety Committee Standard Operating Procedure is posted to the IBC website.

Program Information

If you are unsure whether your project involves biohazards, contact the Office of Research and Compliance.

Emergency Information

During business hours, call the Office of Research and Compliance at 806.651.2740 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 Research and Compliance
806-651-2733 fax

Or submit a report to Compliance Helpline (not for events presenting an immediate threat to life or property)