Reportable Events

Reporting accidents, exposures, and other biosafety problems

Institutions such as Indiana University must report accidents, exposures, or other problems to the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Policy, as outlined in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines).

IU researchers, laboratory staff, and animal care staff must immediately report any of the following events to the campus Biological Safety Manager or designee and to the principal investigator, if the reporting researcher is not the PI:

  • Any overt or potential personnel exposure to recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule-containing material, at any biosafety level, whether or not that exposure leads to illness. Overt exposures also require immediate report to the NIH by IU’s Office of Research Compliance. These exposures include but are not limited to:
    • needle sticks
    • splashes to mucous membranes
    • bites from infected animals
  • Any significant spill of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule-containing material outside of a biological safety cabinet. Spills that do not include an overt exposure also require a 30-day report to the NIH by IU’s Office of Research Compliance. A significant spill is defined as:
    • a spill of recombinant risk group 1 agent-containing material that requires emergency spill response or other environmental remediation, or
    • any spill of recombinant risk group 2 or 3 agent-containing material
  • Any incident that results in the release of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules to the environment (including escape of a transgenic animal). Loss of containment also requires a 30-day incident report to the NIH by IU’s Office of Research Compliance.
  • Any breach of or failure to adhere to Biosafety Level 2 or 3 containment levels or any other significant problems with or violations of the NIH Guidelines. These incidents also require a 30-day report to the NIH by IU’s Office of Research Compliance.
  • Any spill of and/or exposure to any biohazardous materials outlined in a previously approved IBC protocol.

Reporting procedures

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Reporting to the NIH Office of Science Policy

In the case of an incident that requires an immediate report to the Office of Science Policy:

  • EHS Biosafety will contact the Office of Research Compliance with details of the incident, including all information available at that time.
  • IU’s Office of Research Compliance will contact the OSP via email within 24 hours of being notified of the incident.
  • The Office of Research Compliance will notify the PI and the IBC chair(s) of the incident facts, such that the IBC as a whole can be made aware of the incident as soon as possible.

In the case of an incident that requires a 30-day report to the Office of Science Policy:

  • EHS Biosafety will submit an initial report to IU’s Office of Research Compliance.
  • The Office of Research Compliance will prepare a draft of the NIH reporting template, which will be submitted to the IBC chair(s), EHS Biosafety, and the principal investigator involved for review and/or edits. All parties will have one week to provide clarifications, comments, and/or edits on the report to the IBC administrator.
  • The draft report will be distributed to the IBC Committee for discussion at the next scheduled IBC meeting.
  • After the IBC meeting, the IBC administrator will provide a final draft of the NIH report to the IBC chair, IBC vice chair, IBC administrator, and the principal investigator approximately 24 hours before the NIH report deadline.

Contacts

IUPUI, IU School of Medicine, IU Northwest, IU South Bend School of Medicine

  • Andrew Houppert.
  • Environmental Health & Safety,
  • Interim Biosafety Manager
  • 317-274-2103
  • ahoupper@iupui.edu
  • Kara Sarchet,
  • Environmental Health & Safety,
  • Assistant Biosafety Officer
  • 317-274-2056
  • knstandl@iu.edu
  • Chinghai Kao,
  • IBC Co-Chair
  • 317-274-6873
  • chkao@iupui.edu
  • Ruben Vidal,
  • IBC Co-Chair
  • 317-274-1729
  • rvidal@iupui.edu
  • Holly Moore,
  • IBC Administrator
  • 812-855-0656
  • ibcbhc@iupui.edu

IU Bloomington, IU Kokomo, IU East, IU Southeast, IU South Bend (non-School of Medicine)

  • Amanda Snyder,
  • Environmental Health & Safety,
  • Biosafety Manager
  • 812-856-5360
  • amasnyde@iu.edu
  • Elizabeth Kramer,
  • Environmental Health & Safety,
  • Assistant Biosafety Officer
  • 812-855-6177,
  • kramere@indiana.edu
  • Peter Hollenhorst,
  • IBC Chair
  • 812-855-1151,
  • pchollen@indiana.edu
  • Holly Moore,
  • IBC Administrator
  • 812-855-0656,
  • iubibc@indiana.edu