Staffing Shortage Impact on the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

Staffing Shortage Impact on the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The OVPR’s Laboratory Safety group is experiencing staffing vacancies that have been difficult to fill due to the current market for lab safety positions. In order to address the resulting operational challenges while also maintaining a safe environment, we will be prioritizing biosafety activities as follows: The Biosafety team will flex as needed to cover IBC registrations across campuses. The 3-year de novo renewals will have top priority to ensure continuity for active projects. New registrations or amendments will be processed on a first-come first-served basis. We anticipate some delays in IBC turn-around time, so investigators should plan accordingly and keep in mind the IBC submission deadlines. The OVPR is exploring new recruiting strategies now and will continue to keep you apprised. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.