Additional Info - Biosafety
Welcome to the USF BiosafetyNet - the Click Safety Electronic Resources Page. Here you will find resources to familiarize yourself with the new ARC Portal BiosafetyNet system and everything it has to offer.
USF faculty, researchers and staff will now electronically complete and submit their IBC protocols online. These submissions will be done via an electronic system, BiosafetyNet. BiosafetyNet is located within the Research Integrity & Compliance (RIC), Applications for Research Compliance (ARC) platform: Go to BiosafetyNet. New IBC protocols submitted on paper will no longer be accepted.
NOTE: IBC protocols that were originally approved on paper prior to December 31, 2017, will continue to use paper submissions for continuing reviews and amendments.
Prior to submitting your first BiosafetyNet application, you must first request an ARC account, unless you already have one. This is a simple process:
- Request an ARC Account in the ARC Portal.
- Questions regarding ARC registration can be directed to 974-2880 or by email.
- Upon completing ARC registration, a new application to the BiosafetyNet may be drafted.
Common BiosafetyNet Application Format
- A single, common BiosafetyNet IBC application format is used for proposing all study types involving rDNA, Infectious agents, biological toxins, and Select Agents/Toxins.
Need Help? If you need help completing a BiosafetyNet application, or assistance in incorporating suggested revisions to your draft BiosafetyNet application, contact the Biosafety Office.
Research Integrity and Compliance understands that any new software application can be somewhat intimidating at first and therefore will do our best to make this transition as easy and convenient as possible for you.
Your ongoing feedback will help enhance BiosafetyNet. We welcome your suggestions, comments and/or feedback and hope that you will find this tool to be a substantial improvement for your research. The BiosafetyNet Click Safety module represents the beginning of a new and exciting era and we invite you to be part of this future together with us! For further information or to provide feedback, please contact us via email.
While the software has been designed to be straightforward and user help is available on every screen, we have developed various BiosafetyNet training resources to introduce the system to new users in a variety of formats. Please feel free to explore the BiosafetyNet training site and familiarize yourself with the features and functionality the BiosafetyNet system has to offer.
- USF PI Guidance Document (PDF) - This document is meant to assist PIs in completing the online IBC protocols.
- USF BiosafetyNet Beginners Guide (YouTube video) - A user introduction to BiosafetyNet, the USF Biosafety web based application system.
- Safety Researchers Quick Reference (PDF) - This PDF document provides quick steps for PIs and research teams for creating and submitting protocols and follow-on submissions
- BiosafetyNet Sandbox Site - A dedicated practice site for biosafety users to learn the functionality of the system and test in a simulated environment prior to using the actual live site: Go to the BiosafetyNet Sandbox Site (User name: PI) (Password: 1234.test)
- USF BiosafetyNet Amendment Submission Instructions for PIs and Coordinators (PDF) - How to Submit an amendment to update your protocol in BiosafetyNet. An amendment may be personnel changes, title changes, lab space changes, procedural changes, etc.
- USF BiosafetyNet Continuing Review Submission Instructions for PIs and Coordinators (PDF) - How to Submit a Continuing Review for your protocol in BiosafetyNet.
- USF BiosafetyNet Amendment Submission Instructions Human Gene Transfer studies - IRB Amendments for PIs and Coordinators (PDF) - How to Submit an amendment in BiosafetyNet for Human Gene Transfer study IRB Amendments.
- USF BiosafetyNet Protocol Closure Request for PIs and Coordinators (PDF) - How to Request closure of a BiosafetyNet Protocol
- USF Guidance Document for accessing IBC Approval letters (PDF) - How to locate IBC approval letters for your protocols in BiosafetyNet
- USF Guidance Document for withdrawing an IBC protocol (PDF) - How to withdraw a submitted IBC protocol in BiosafetyNet