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Date of creation
2019-02-28 10:55 UTC (sujata@nic.in)
Date of publication
2019-02-28 10:55 UTC (sujata@nic.in)

General Information
  • India
Title of document
Guidelines and Handbook for Institutional Biosafety Committees
Legislative details
Type of document
  • National Guideline
Subject areas
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee
Types of LMOs addressed
  • All types of organisms
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
IBSC is the nodal point for interaction within an organisation for implementation of the biosafety regulatory framework. An IBSC is to be constituted by every organisation engaged in research, handling and production activities related to GMOs and each IBSC has a nominee appointed by DBT. The role of IBSCs is extremely
important as it is a Statutory Committee that operates from premises of respective organisation.

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide guidance to organisations that have Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBSCs) or intend to set up an IBSC in compliance with "Rules for the manufacture, use/import/export and storage of hazardous microorganisms/ genetically engineered organisms or cells, 1989" (hereinafter referred as Rules, 1989) notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF),
Government of India under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. As a statutory committee that operates from the premises of an organisation, IBSC is in a position to conduct onsite evaluation, assessment and monitoring of adherence to the biosafety guidelines with overall oversight of the regulatory process, at the institutional level. The decisions taken by the next higher committee i.e., Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM), which operates from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and
Technology, Government of India are based on the applications submitted by the investigators with the approval of IBSC. Therefore,it is pertinent that IBSCs have expertise in evaluation, assessment and monitoring of projects and ensure compliance with the Rules, 1989, Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Safety
Guidelines,1990 and other guidelines issued by DBT from time to time.
Date of entry into force
Document details
Document text
IBSCs_Guideline2011.pdf (6 MB)
Guidelines and handbook for Institutional Biosafety Committees
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
Dr Sujata Arora
2nd Floor, Vayu Block, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Jorbagh
New Delhi, Delhi
India, 110003