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Biosafety

The Biosafety Program works to ensure that any work associated with biohazards or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids is done safely and in accordance with regulations.

COVID-19 Resources

For the latest biosafety resources related to COVID-19 see our resources page.

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Services Provided

The Biosafety Program assists the Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center’s Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC) and the teaching and research community at these institutions to ensure that work with biological hazards is done in a manner that is safe and in compliance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules as well as local regulations.

Common Services

  • Pre-review of Biological Materials Registration Form: The Biosafety Officers assist Principal Investigators in conducting risk assessments and preparing the forms to register their work with biological materials that falls under the scope of the IBC. For more information on the scope of the IBC and the registration process, please visit the IBC website.
  • Biosafety Audits: The Biosafety Office performs periodic biosafety inspections of all spaces that are approved by the IBC for work with biological materials. These inspections are specifically focused on Biosafety, as outline by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL, 5th ).
    • Note that the Environmental Health and Safety Offices at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center will perform separate lab safety inspections. These inspections cover other safety topics, such as chemical, radiation, fire, and OSHA-related topics.
  • Training on Biosafety: Please visit the Training page for more information on the types of training provided by the Biosafety Office.
  • Incident Response: The Biosafety Office responds to reports of accidents or incidents involving biological materials. If reporting to an external agency is necessary, the Biosafety Office will assist in that process. For more information on how to handle accidents or incidents involving biological materials, please visit the Accidents and Incidents page.

Mission Statement

The Biosafety Program is a part of Research Compliance & Safety and is here to be a resource to the research and teaching communities at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center. Our primary mission is to empower students, faculty, and staff to understand the risks associated with their work and to assist them in implementing the appropriate safety measures to mitigate those risks. Ultimately, our goal is to maintain a healthy and productive work environment.

We work closely with the Institutional Biosafety Committees and the Environmental Health and Safety Offices at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center to ensure that any work associated with biohazards and/or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids is done safely and in accordance with the NIH Guidelines and federal, state, and local regulations.

Our website is under construction, so please be patient and check back occasionally for updated information, resources, and links.

For any questions, please contact the Biosafety Program at biosafety@tufts.edu