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Institutional Biological Safety Committees

An Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBSC) is a group of people from an organisation (usually universities or Crown Research Institutes) that have been delegated to make decisions on applications for low risk genetically modified organisms that will take place within approved containment facilities (indoor only). 

The following organisations have IBSCs:

  • University of Auckland
  • University of Otago
  • Massey University
  • Lincoln University

An approval given by an IBSC is "applicant specific". This means only that organisation is entitled to undertake the activities detailed in their approval.

IBSCs are required to use the following decision forms:

Decision form/checklist for low risk imports (Word, 337 kb)
Decision form/checklist for low risk developments (Word, 333 kb)
If IBSCs have any questions, please contact us at: