University of Vermont

Institutional Biosafety Committee - IBC


Exempt Review

  • According to federal regulations, IBC review is not required for certain categories of research activities that involve little or no risk to human subjects.  

  • However, the University has an obligation to be apprised of all potentially biohazardous materials being used under its auspices in the event any questions or problems arise and in order to assure that, regardless of risk, all University personnel as well as the environment are protected. 

  • Therefore, these projects must be registered with the IBC by the submission of protocols.

  • Exempt experiments, as defined by the NIH Guidelines, found in Section III-F of the guidelines, will be determined by the Biological Safety Officer and confirmed by the Chair, or designee.  

  • The Chair or designee may request a review by the full IBC if there is question regarding the project’s status.  

  • Exempt protocols will not be subject to further IBC review.  

  • Note that any revisions to the research affecting the biosafety level may affect the determination of exemption and therefore must be prospectively submitted for review to confirm the status.

  • For protocols utilizing recombinant DNA, infectious agents or toxins complete the following forms and submit as a PDF to

Forms Needed for Initial  Submission Review

Protocol Form
Personnel Roster Form
Standard Operating Procedure (if applicable for work with biohazardous agents or toxins)

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