Registration and Forms

Any Baylor investigator planning a research project that involves recombinant DNA (rDNA) or synthetic nucleic acid (SNA) molecules must submit an application for Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) review and approval before initiating the work. Baylor investigators must also register their work with other potentially hazardous biologics.

The IBC application process includes submissions of:

  • An initial application to obtain IBC approval for a three-year period.
  • Amendment(s) to obtain approval for changes to the research.
  • Renewal(s) to extend IBC approval for ongoing work for another three-year approval period.



You will need to amend your approved IBC application if you are adding or changing:

  • genes studied or host/vector systems used in your rDNA work
  • infectious agents or biological toxins
  • work with substances from humans or certain vertebrate animals
  • transgenic animal or plant work
  • administration of biologics to animals
  • administration of biologics to plants
  • anything else that may have an impact on the biosafety level of the work being performed BSL2 laboratory space