When is Biosafety Approval required for animal work?

The UBC Biosafety Committee defines biological agents requiring approval as: "genetically modified organisms that may be hazardous to humans or the environment; infectious biological products; microorganisms; and human/animal tissues, cells, blood and bodily fluids. The term 'infectious' includes biological toxins, viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other organisms/genetic systems that, by virtue of their replicative properties, are potentially harmful to humans, animals and the environment."

This means that if animal tissues, cells, blood or other fluids are removed from the animal for the purposes of further study, then Biosafety approval is required and must be mentioned in your Biosafety protocol. Please note that procedures such as ear notching are exempt.

Please list Biosafety/Radiation certificates that pertain to the work listed on your animal care protocol prior to submission.

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