Any activities conducted at UBC facilities or affiliated institutions that involve biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the UBC Biosafety Committee prior to the start of the research project.

This includes research and teaching with: cultured animal cells, cell lines, recombinant DNA, plasmids, parasites, toxins, microorganisms (including viruses and bacteria), and primate body fluids (including blood), and prions.

All research activities are subject to this review regardless of funding source. Applications for review and certification by the Biosafety Committee must be submitted electronically on RISe.

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation provides administrative support in applying for a biosafety certificate. UBC Safety and Risk Services provides technical expertise to researchers working with biohazardous materials, provides biosafety training, and reviews all procedures and facilities involving biohazardous materials.

Open the accordions below to navigate detailed policies, procedures, FAQs and other information regarding the use of biohazardous materials in teaching and research.


Biosafety Committee, Protocols and Permit Applications

If you are a researcher seeking assistance with obtaining a biosafety certificate, please contact: Suzanne Richardson, Manager, Animal Care, Biosafety & Radiation Safety Committees (604-827-5111) or Fred Woo, Assistant Manager, Animal Care, Biosafety & Radiation Safety Committees (604-827-5115).



Biosafety Training, Resources and Technical Expertise

If you are a researcher seeking biosafety training or technical support for a biosafety issue, please contact Sharlene Eivemark, Associate, Biological and Radiation Safety Advisor, Safety & Risk Services (604-822-9527).


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