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