Consistent with its commitment to the responsible conduct of research and teaching, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is committed to safe and ethical science in its use of potentially hazardous biological agents including recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. This is supported through university-wide and faculty-specific policies, Senate-level Committees, and Faculty-level Biosafety Committees (FBCs):
To ensure safety, ethics, and compliance, the Senate-level committee has oversight of FBCs to which it may delegate reviews of specific projects or project types, and serves as the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for UCT.
The IBC is constituted to protect the interests of the university, researchers, the community and the environment, and to ensure that all activities involving potentially hazardous biological agents including recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules complies with accepted international and national guidelines on biosafety and environmental ethics.
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