IACUC and Biosafety Committees

IACUC Committee

The Bloomsburg University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has oversight of all non-human animal research conducted on campus. The IACUC serves as a resource to faculty, staff, and students, staff, and provides guidance for conducting all animal use procedures with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.

Overview of Process

The IACUC is authorized to approve, require changes to, disapprove all proposed research activities involving vertebrate animals. In addition, the IACUC is authorized to suspend any research activities that are in violation of previously approved protocols. All research involving vertebrate animals is required to be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to initiating research.

In addition to the review of research protocols involving the use of non-human animals, the members of the IACUC also conduct an internal program review and facilities inspection once every 6 months.

How to Submit a Study Protocol?

You will need to complete a Study Protocol Form and submit to the IACUC Chair for review. Please make sure to have completed CITI Training requirements before completing an application as this will be an automatic return to you and your study staff. For assistance on obtaining a certificate, view CITI training tutorial

How to renew or close your animal protocol?

Please complete the renewal/closure form, and return to the IACUC Chair.

How to handle unanticipated or adverse events?

Please complete the unanticipated or adverse event form, and return to the IACUC Chair.

Other Resources

Approved Domestic Animal Assurance
Guide - Care and Use of Lab Animals
BU Occupational Health Program for Animal Care and Use
IACUC Guidebook
IACUC New Member Information
IACUC Policy - PRP 3995

IACUC Facilities Inspection

The IACUC committee members meet at least once every six months to review the University’s IACUC program and inspect all animal facilities, and provide a report to the Institutional Official. The committee may also meet throughout the year, as needed, to review procedures, protocols, and/or concerns of non-compliance.

Anonymous Reporting of Animal Welfare Concerns

Use the anonymous tipline link at the top of this page to promptly report concerns. This enables protection for any affected animals, and promotes a caring and ethical culture.

Reports should include (but are not limited to) instances of:
1. Significant adverse impact on the health or welfare of one or more animals
2. Significant threat of adverse impact to animal welfare (such as extended power outages, flooding, facility damage)
3. Significant or repeated noncompliance issues with regulatory (State of Pennsylvania, OLAW, USDA) or funding entity (NSF, NIH) requirements
4. Significant or repeated noncompliance issues with BU and Animal Care and Use Program Protocols, Policies, Assurances, and Agreements

IACUC Committee Members

Dr. Eric Stouffer – Research Scientist
Dr. William Coleman – Research Scientist
Dr. Kevin Ball – Research Scientist
Dr. Pamela Frenz – Veterinarian (Non-BU)
Dr. Candice Klingerman –IACUC Chair
Dr. Kylie Jeffrey D.C. – Non-BU Affiliated
Dr. Clay Corbin - Research Scientist

IACUC Contact Information

Dr. Candice Klingerman - cklinger@bloomu.edu

Biosafety Committee

Under the NIH guidelines, the University, its Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and the Principal Investigator are assigned major roles in assuring that work with recombinant DNA is performed as safely as possible, and in ways that eliminate or reduce potential exposure of personnel and environment.

The Principal Investigator has an obligation to be closely familiar with health and safety guidelines applicable to their work and to adhere to them. The University has ultimate responsibility and is guided in providing such assurance by the IBC.


The mission of the Institutional Biosafety Committee is:

To ensure that all recombinant DNA research activities at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania comply with Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines).

To ensure that protocols of all research at the University which uses or produces biohazardous organisms or materials requiring Biological Safety Level 2 or higher containment, including but not limited to recombinant DNA, are reviewed and found to protect personnel, environmental, and public safety.

To ensure that protocols of all research at the University, which use or produces genetically modified plants (through the use of recombinant DNA) are reviewed and found to protect personal, environmental, and public safety.

All research involving recombinant DNA, human and/or animal pathogens, and genetically modified plants must be approved by the BU IBC before research can be initiated. The BU IBC meets as needed to fulfill its mission. Membership of the BU IBC consists of both faculty and external reviewers with expertise covering recombinant DNA technology, molecular biology, microbiology, infectious disease, animal care, and botany.

All questions should be directed to Dr. Karl Henry at khenry@bloomu.edu