Biosafety addresses the safe handling and containment of biohazardous material. It is meant to prevent lab-acquired infections and/or prevent release into agricultural or natural ecosystems.

Containment is achieved through the use of work practices, safety equipment, PPE and facility features.

Containment of biohazardous material is described by 4 biosafety levels: BSL-1, BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4. The higher the number the more dangerous the material. Click below for a more detailed description of these levels.

Standards & Regulations

2024 Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at 301 Research Blvd.

When possible and consistent with protection of privacy and proprietary interests, IBC meetings can be made available to the public.

For further information, please contact the IBC Chair, pharr@cvm.msstate.edu, or IBC admin at IBC@research.msstate.edu.  

May 1 May 15
June 5 June 19
July 3 July 17
August 7 August 21
September 4 September 18
October 2 October 16
November 6 November 20
December 4 December 18


For information on how to fill out an IBC application/registration or modification form, or to determine if one should be submitted, please review the FAQ page.

IBC Membership

The IBC is composed of university faculty and staff with expertise in microbiology, molecular biology, animal containment and plant containment. Two community members represent the interest of the surrounding community. Click below to see the current IBC roster.

IBC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS)

The IBC adheres to SOPs in order to review research in a consistent and fair manner.

MSU Policy on Biosafety

Current IBC SOPs