The Tufts New England RBL and the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health operate within a rigorous biosafety and security infrastructure managed by Biosafety Officers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Tufts University Environmental Health and Safety. The facilities are designed to be secure and provide maximum safety for laboratory researchers and the community. The laboratory is managed and operated to protect laboratory workers and the surrounding community from accidental exposure to any infectious or toxic agents. The RBL provides needed biocontainment space to researchers and promotes the advancement of knowledge in the disciplines of biodefense and emerging infectious diseases.
Research conducted at the Tufts New England RBL is regulated by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The IBC is charged with the responsibility for review, approval and surveillance of all research protocols at Tufts University involving the use of biohazardous materials including recombinant DNA, agents infectious to humans, animals or plants, and other genetically altered organisms and agents. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a self-regulating entity that, according to U.S. federal law, must be established by institutions that use laboratory animals for research or instructional purposes to oversee and evaluate all aspects of the institution’s animal care and use program. For more information visit the Office of the Vice Provost’s page on Research Involving Animals.