Details regarding biosafety-related activities, approval requirements, and all related matters, are contained within the Biosafety Manual. The information provided on these Biosafety webpages is a summary only, and the Manual must be consulted for complete details.

Compliance monitoring and facility inspections

Approved Dealings

The IBC Executive Officer meets with chief investigators with approved Notifiable Low Risk Dealings (NLRD) and microbiological dealings to discuss compliance typically in May and November of each year.


Physical Containment (PC) Facilities

The IBC Executive Officer conducts inspections of:

  • OGTR PC1 facilities – every two years;
  • PC2 microbiological facilities – every two years; and
  • OGTR certified PC2 facilities – annually.

Transport, storage and disposal of GMOs and microorganisms

IBC approval is required for activities involving the transport, storage and disposal of GMOs and microorganisms. Please include details of all transport, storage and disposal activities in your IBC application, or contact the Executive Officer for further advice.

Transport, storage and disposal of GMOs and microorganisms must be conducted according to relevant legislation, associated regulations and Australian Standards.

Regarding GMOs, please refer to the OGTR's Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs and the Standard Operating Procedures prepared by the Flinders University IBC.

Regarding microorganisms, please refer to Australian Standard 2243.3:2010: Safety in Laboratories – Microbiological Safety and Containment. The Standard may be accessed by searching on the SAI Global website.


All spills arising from research or teaching activities involving GMOs or microorganisms must be managed in an appropriate manner, as described in the Biosafety Manual.

Spill clean-up instructions and reporting procedures are available on a flowchart in each certified facility on campus. A copy of this chart is also available under Standard Operating Procedures.

Report spills via the Biosafety Incident reporting line - P +61 (0) 8 8201 5277.

Unintentional release of a GMO

An unintentional release of a GMO, no matter which species, is a very serious matter, which must be managed according to procedures described in the Biosafety Manual, and mandated by the OGTR and University guidelines.

If you believe that you, or someone else, have had an unintentional GMO release, you must immediately notify the Chair, in the first instance, or if unavailable the Executive Officer of the IBC. Contact details are posted in all certified facilities, and on Contacts.

The flowcharts, available under Standard Operating Procedures, summarise the steps to be taken by various personnel in the management and notification of an unintentional release of a GMO.

Report all unintentional releases or suspected unintentional releases via the Biosafety Incident reporting line - P +61 (0) 8 8201 5277.

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