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Office of Research Integrity

IBC Education & Training


In an effort to bring MUSC's research education practices into alignment across all regulatory oversight committees (IRB, IACUC, IBC), and to simplify compliance with new and continuing education requirements, we are pleased to announce the following changes to the Biosafety Training Requirements:

  • Per July 1, 2015 , the IBC will only accept biosafety training through the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative Program (CITI).
  • This new requirement applies to all personnel listed on new IBC application submissions and when adding project personnel onto an existing IBC-approved registration by amendment.  
  • The CITI education requirements are more comprehensive than previous MUSC required biosafety training.
  • The CITI Biosafety Training Course allows researchers to complete education modules that are relevant to the type of research they conduct.
  • Once researchers complete the revised education requirements, CITI training will be valid indefinitely. As research goals change, however, additional modules may need to be taken.
  • Please follow these instructions to navigate the CITI Program   



1.  All MUSC employees (whether or not conducting research) are required to take annual biosafety-related training modules in CATTS, which include:

  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • Hazard Communication
  • Personal Protective Equipment

2.   It is the Principal Investigator’s responsibility to train personnel on IBC-approved biosafety procedures, prior to working in the lab.

  • Principal Investigators must have a biosafety protocol (a.k.a. Standard Operating Procedures or SOPs) to ensure compliance with safety guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control publication "Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 5th Edition".
  • Safety protocols are reviewed during review of Institutional Biosafety Committee applications and as part of lab inspections.
  • Principal Investigators must train the personnel on the biosafety procedures as approved by the IBC, prior to starting the work.
  • Each person listed on the IBC registration must sign the associated biosafety protocols indicating that they have read, understand, and agree to follow the specified biosafety procedures.

3.  The Biosafety Officer may provide additional hands-on training for lab personnel as requested. 



  • The following educational materials can be viewed as PowerPoint Slides:  

Introduction to Biosafety Training at MUSC 

Unit 1: The role and responsibilities of the PI with respect to Biosafety and Animals at MUSC

Unit 2: Principles of Biosafety as they relate to the safe conduct of science requiring the use of biohazardous materials at MUSC

Unit 3: How to determine the relative biosafety risk associated with a planned experiment.

Unit 4: Specific Requirements for Biosafety Levels 1 to 3: PPE, Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs) and the risks associated with centrifugation.

Unit 5:Biohazardous Spills

Unit 6:Requirements for the biannual inspection

Unit 7: Working with Biohazardous materials: The role of the PI in informing the laboratorian(s) of potential hazards in the workplace.

Unit 8: Risk Assessment of viral vectors

Unit 9: Risk Assessment of Adenoviral vectors

Unit 10: Risk Assessment of Retroviral vectors

Unit 11: Risk Assessment of Biological Toxins