The UT-area Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) recently adopted an updated charter and several associated operating procedures.
Minimizing Risk of Poliovirus Release
In an effort to support the World Health Organization’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the Center for Disease Control’s U.S. National Authority for Containment of Poliovirus (US NAC) has requested institutional biosafety committees/programs to assist with compiling the U.S. national inventory. To support the US NAC in this important effort, the Office of Research and Engagement is requesting that all UT research faculty assess their biological inventories (as applicable) for:
- Wild poliovirus stocks
- Oral poliovirus vaccines (OPV) containing attenuated Sabin poliovirus or Sabin poliovirus-derived virotypes, or
- Potentially infectious materials (PIMs) that may contain (A) or (B) above. PIMs include: human fecal, respiratory, or cerebrospinal specimens; concentrated human sewage samples or sewage-contaminated surface water samples; or any derivatives of these materials.
Attending Veterinarians Protect Researchers and Subjects
Any institution that is under the purview of the Public Health Service Policy and/or the Animal Welfare Act is required to have an Attending Veterinarian (AV) on staff. The principal responsibility of the AV is to develop and implement an effective program of veterinary care for animals used in research and teaching. This program has multiple components including preventive medicine, proper use of anesthetics, analgesics, and tranquilizers; perioperative care; euthanasia; diagnostic procedures; and provision of veterinary care, emergency care and aspects of animal husbandry.
Faculty Awarded for Leadership Compliance, Integrity, and Safety
The Office of Research Integrity presented seven faculty members with Service Excellence and Leadership Awards during a special celebration at Tyson House Thursday afternoon.
This is the first year the office has given out these awards to faculty members who showed particular dedication in their field toward compliance, integrity, safety, and commitment to the university’s shared governance model.
New Policy Establishes Framework for Safety in Teaching Laboratories
The UT Knoxville Biosafety Program approved a Teaching Laboratory Policy last fall that establishes a new framework for the use of biological hazards in teaching laboratories or other experiential learning environments as recommended by an appointed task force of instructional faculty and staff.