Biosafety, biosecurity and gene technology research

Please note the following closing periods for all committees:

  • New Applications for 2018 have now closed.
  • Subject to responses & post-approval requests (e.g., modifications/requests for amendment etc..) will be accepted until COB 13 December 2018. Requests for 2019 will commence on the 21 January 2019.

Institutional Biosafety Committee meeting dates


Application deadline
Meeting date
Thursday 07 February 2019Thursday 21 February 2019
Thursday 07 March 2019Thursday 21 March 2019
Thursday 04 April 2019Thursday 11 April 2019
Thursday 02 May 2019Thursday 16 May 2019
Thursday 06 June 2019Thursday 20 June 2019

La Trobe University conducts research using gene technology and potentially harmful biological material in a safe, secure, ethical and environmentally responsible framework. This framework helps us meet the needs of national legislative schemes and the Australian community.

We are a Gene Technology Regulator accredited organisation and have an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) – the La Trobe Institutional Biosafety Committee (LTIBC). The LTIBC performs quality assurance and helps the University meet the requirements of biosafety, biosecurity and gene technology legislation by reviewing biosafety, biosecurity and gene technology research proposals and monitoring internally and externally certified facilities.

We review biosafety, biosecurity and gene technology research proposals and monitor internally and externally certified facilities according to relevant legislation, to learn more follow the relevant links below.

Biosafety

Biosecurity

Gene technology

All research has additional research integrity responsibilities. Find out about Research Integrity at La Trobe.

La Trobe Institutional Biosafety Committee and meeting dates

The La Trobe Institutional Biosafety Committee (LTIBC), formerly The Genetic Manipulation Supervisory Committee (GMSC), is expanding to include biosafety and biosecurity. The committee currently includes the following members:

  • Dr Carl Ramage: Category A - External - Chair
  • Dr Karla Helbig: Category B - Microbiologist
  • Dr Tony Gendall: Category C - Biologist
  • Dr Marie (Francine) Perrine- Walker: Category C - External - Biologist
  • Dr Poh Chee Ong: Category C - External - Biologist
  • Mr Sam Wishart: Category E - Engineer
  • Dr Yolanda Gaspar: (Deputy Chair) Category F - Biological Safety Officer
  • Dr Ian Swift: Category G - Bendigo Campus Representative
  • Mr Nicholas Romas: Category H - External - Layperson
  • Dr Susanna Herd: Category I - Co-opted
  • Dr Christine Findlay: Category I - Co-opted
  • Associate Professor Helena Richardson: Category I - Co-opted
  • Mr Michael Imsic: Category I - Co-opted
  • Mrs Fiona Rogers: Category I - Co-opted
  • Ms Van Hoang: Category J - Occupational Health & Safety
  • Dr Michael Foley: Category K - Infectious disease/Biosafety/Biosecurity
  • Dr Adam Hart: Category L - Geneticist
  • Dr Warwick Grant: Category L - Geneticist

with support and advice from Ethics and Integrity personnel:

  • Dr Tracy Stanley – Senior Biosafety Officer (Executive Officer LTIBC)
  • Ms Lyn Houston – Research Administration Assistant

2018 Committee meetings

LTIBC meetings are held in the LIMS Board Room, Level 5, LIMS1 or AgriBio meeting rooms.

Project proposals, reports and variation requests should be submitted no later than the designated submission date for each meeting.

Project proposals, reports and variation requests will be formally assessed out-of-session by a sub-committee of members or the Senior Biosafety Officer and require ratification at the next scheduled meeting.

Submission date for meeting Meeting date
Wednesday 7 November 2018Wednesday 21 November 2018
Thursday 07 February 2019Thursday 21 February 2019
Thursday 07 March 2019Thursday 21 March 2019
Thursday 04 April 2019Thursday 11 April 2019
Thursday 02 May 2019Thursday 16 May 2019
Thursday 06 June 2109Thursday 20 June 2019
Thursday 04 July 2019Thursday 18 July 2019
Thursday 01 August 2019Thursday 15 August 2019
Thursday 05 September 2019Thursday 19 September 2019
Thursday 03 October 2019Thursday 17 October 2019
Thursday 07 November 2019Thursday 21 November 2019
Thursday 05 December 2019Thursday 12 December 2019

Read the LTIBC terms of reference [PDF 151KB]

Please check the Genetically Modified Organisms Procedure document for specific information.

Contact the committee

All correspondence, enquiries and submissions should be addressed to Biosafety at biosafety@latrobe.edu.au

Feedback and Complaints

If you wish to provide feedback on any aspect of the Biosafety, Biosecurity or Gene Technology processes at La Trobe University, including the LTIBC review process, you can:

  • Email biosafety@latrobe.edu.au
  • Call the Senior Biosafety Officer on (03) 9479 3358
  • Submit complaints or grievances about decisions reached by the LTIBC to the Senior Biosafety Officer, the Chair LTIBC, the DVC(R) or the University Ombudsman.

Biosafety aims to resolve concerns in a transparent, fair and objective manner and use the knowledge gained for improvement.

If you wish to make a complaint about a research project conducted by La Trobe University, more broadly about a researcher or the conduct of research, or voice a concern regarding the use of genetically modified organisms or infectious organisms please:

Please ensure you indicate whether you would like us to follow up with you regarding your complaint or feedback.

Approvals, reviews and permits

The LTIBC is expanding to assess all University research, teaching and services involving:

  • gene technology
  • genetically modified organism (GMOs)
  • security sensitive biological agents (SSBAs)
  • Dual use microorganisms under the Defence Trade Control Act
  • biological materials
  • biohazardous microorganisms
  • invasive species, noxious weeds and pest animals
  • materials requiring quarantine approval
  • import and export of the above

·     If your research, teaching and services involve the above, you need LTIBC approval before the work starts.

Risk group levels, containment, import and export and legislative requirements, and new LTIBC review processes coming soon. Please contact the Senior Biosafety Officer at biosafety@latrobe.edu.au for any questions.

View gene technology research requirements and processes on the Gene Technology page.

Internal facility certification

Internally certified physical containment facilities (laboratories).

For research involving or potentially involving Risk Group 1 or Risk Group 2 organisms that do not include genetically modified organisms, the LTIBC oversees an internal certification program that verifies our laboratories comply with Australian New Zealand Standards, 2982:2010 and 2243:3:2010.

Please contact the Senior Biosafety Officer at biosafety@latrobe.edu.au for any questions regarding La Trobe's internal certification or external OGTR certification.

Training

Biosafety and biosecurity training modules coming soon.

For Gene Technology training go to the gene technology research page under the 'Training' tab.