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This website outlines the requirements and processes associated with working with biohazardous materials, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), security sensitive biological agents (SSBAs) and agents requiring quarantine containment at Macquarie University.

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), on behalf of Macquarie University, co-ordinates compliance with the relevant legislation and standards and provides advice on risks associated with biological materials. All research, teaching and services at the University involving GMOs, SSBAs, risk group 2 and above microorganisms and materials requiring quarantine approval must be assessed by the IBC prior to the commencement of work.

Please be advised that the IBC will be out of session from December 1st to January 31st.

New online application process from July 1st 2016

A new online application process has now replaced all biosafety risk assessment and GMO application forms. The new application is available from RMENET and is accessed by using your OneID. 

User guides are available for Applicants and Chief Investigators to assist with the new application and approval process. Please visit Submitting a new application for further information.

The use of humans, animals and their tissue, blood or body fluids in research and teaching may require additional approval from the appropriate (Human or Animal) Ethics Committees prior to commencement of work.

For more information contact Biosafety: