OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY RECTOR (RESEARCH AND INNOVATION)
IBBC (Institutional Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee) is formed in IIUM following the government requirement to adhere to the Biosafety Act 2007 and Biosafety Regulation 2010. In Biosafety Act 2007, all institutions including universities, research institutes and private companies who are dealing with Living Modified Organism (LMO) are required to follow the Act and Regulation to ensure the safety of the users, customers and environment. IIUM IBBC was registered with National Biosafety Board (NBB) on 9th September 2015.
The committee has 14 members including the Chairman, Secretary and Biosafety Officer (BSO) and under the purview of Deputy Rector (Research and Innovation) Office. The functions of IIUM IBBC include but are not limited to the following:
- providing guidance for safe use of biotechnology
- monitoring activities dealing with biotechnology
- establishing and monitoring the implementation of policies and procedures for the purpose of handling LMO, infectious and potentially infectious agent materials and biological toxins
- determining the classes of Biosafety Levels (BSL) for contained use activity for the purpose of biotechnology research and development undertaken within a facility where the IBBC is established.