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The IBC System Has Been Upgraded!
As of November 10, 2014, the IBC electronic application system (e-MUA) has been upgraded with the following key enhancements:

  • Fewer and more targeted questions, logic driven structure and format of the Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement (MUA) application
  • "Track changes" functionality to see changes made to an application under review and for amendments
  • Amendments and Annual Reviews integrated with the MUA
  • 3-year renewal document created from an existing MUA
  • Easily accessible historical record of MUAs, Amendments, and Annual Reviews

Over the next few weeks, current approved MUAs are being converted to the new format. PIs can see their MUAs but may not be able to amend them. Contact the IBC Administrator Deb Dwyer at or 255-7219 for assistance.

Log into: e-MUA

About the Cornell Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Cornell IBC is the institutional body responsible for oversight of activities involving biohazardous materials as required by the National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL).

All RESEACHERS must secure IBC approval for their activities with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules (r/sNA) or biohazardous materials by submitting a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement (MUA) with the IBC. The MUA is filed through an electronic submission site (e-MUA) and covers r/sNA or biohazardous materials. Research at Biosafety Level -3 requires a separate application.

Research at Biosafety Level -3 requires a separate application.

Examples of r/sNA or Biohazardous materials that requires IBC review when used in research:

  • transgenic plants or animals
  • infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions, rickettsias, viruses, yeasts, etc.) which can cause disease in humans and animals
  • human or non-human-primate materials (body fluids, tissues, cell lines, etc.)
  • biotoxins
  • select agents
  • investigational live, recombinant, synthetic or attenuated virus strains
  • plant pathogens
  • mammalian cell culture

Activities not requiring IBC Approval

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Contact Information

395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 320
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
t. 607-255-7219
f. 607-255-0758