Research Ethics & Safety: Biohazardous Materials

Any research or study conducted at UNBC facilities (including affiliated research facilities) or undertaken by persons connected to UNBC involving human subjects, animals or biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee, in accordance with UNBC policy and procedures. All researchers are expected to familiarize themselves with UNBC policy and procedures relating to research ethics.

While the Research Ethics Board and the Animal Care and Use Committee do not consider formal applications for approval until project funding has been secured, they encourage researchers to contact the Chair to ascertain if there are ethical considerations which may impact the viability of a proposal or its budget. For research projects yet to be funded, an "Approval in Principle" form is available to assist the researcher in obtaining initial ethical approval for their project.


Biohazardous Materials

Biohazardous materials include bacteria, viruses, plasmids, cell-lines, recombinant DNA, and/or primate body fluids, including blood.

Researchers who are proposing to use biohazardous materials or notifiable biological substances must obtain a permit before purchasing these items or commencing laboratory work.

Application forms for a permit, or renewal of a permit, can be obtained at this link. A copy of the UNBC Biosafety Manual, as well as information regarding the process that will occur following submission of a completed application form, can be obtained at this link. More information can also be viewed at the Safety and Risk Management web page.

Information about safety in the biology laboratory can also be obtained from the staff of the Safety and Risk Management office members.