Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for reviewing, approving, and monitoring all research projects involving biological materials that may pose different levels of safety, health, or environmental risk to plants, animals, or humans. Policies related to the composition and responsibilities of the IBC have been described in Section IV-B-2 of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (PDF) and EM 23-032.

All research conducted at Chico State involving biological materials that may pose safety risks - regardless of funding source or regardless of the institution that reviewed the research - is subject to institutional, local, and state (including tribal law), and federal policies and regulations and must be submitted to and approved by the IBC prior to initiation. If you are unsure if your project requires IBC review or not, please submit the provided registration form. The IBC is responsible for determining if the research is exempt from IBC review. IBC registration forms are reviewed throughout the year and can be submitted at any time for review. Registration forms for proposed activities should be submitted to

The IBC is comprised of at least five individuals to provide comprehensive reviews of current and proposed research. Members have an appropriate collective knowledge of recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids; members include plant and animal experts and two members unaffiliated with the university. IBC members are required to complete training and are appointed by the Institutional Official (IO). To support the IBC on behalf of the university, Sharon Ruggirello serves as the IBC Coordinator and works in consultation with the IBC, Chair, and Compliance Officer. Sharon is happy to answer general questions regarding the protection of human subjects and can be reached at

Required Training for IBC Members and Research Personnel

IBC members and Key Personnel are required to complete ethics training. IBC members are required to complete the appropriate training course upon appointment. Key personnel listed on BUA submissions must have completed the appropriate CITI training course before submission. Failure to comply with the training requirement will result in the BUA submission being returned to the study team. For additional information, please see the Chico State research ethics training informational website.

All inquiries regarding IBC activities should be directed to Sharon Ruggirello at

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Contact Information

Chico State Enterprises

The IBC is available during business hours from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday – Friday.

Institutional Biosafety Committee
Phone: 530-898-3145
Fax: 530-898-6804

Sharon Ruggirello
Research Compliance Coordinator

Mahalley Allen
Institutional Official and Research Integrity Officer

Kati Geszvain
IBC Chair

Submit for IBC Registration

Submit a BUA Form

CITI Training and Information

IBC Standard Operating Procedures

Questions about the NIH's IBC Regulations?


NIH Guidelines (PDF)

NIH's IBC Website