Learn how to be safe in synthetic biology!
- Read about Safe Project Design, Safe Lab Work, and Safe Shipment
- Notice the few hard-and-fast rules we have: don't use organisms from Risk Group 3 or 4, and don't release your project into the wild
- Know your local guidelines: talk to your team instructors and your institution's biosafety officers
- Ask for help: email safety (at) igem (dot) org, or join us for Virtual Open Office Hours
- Fulfill the safety requirements for iGEM participation:
- April-August: Review your organisms & parts against the White List / submit any necessary Check-Ins
- Due July 15 2016: About Our Lab questionnaire due
- Due July 15 2016: About Our Project questionnaire due (and remember to update when your primary project idea changes!)
- Due September 16 2016: Final Safety Form due
Some organisms and parts present risks beyond what is ordinary for lab work in synthetic biology. As your project progresses, you should consider the risks presented by each organism and part you plan to use. The White List can help you with this.
Before you acquire or use any organism/part that is NOT on the White List, you must submit a Check-In. Check-Ins allow the iGEM Safety Committee to help you ensure that you will work safely with these riskier organisms/parts.
"About Our Lab" Questionnaire — Due Date: July 15 2016
This is a short questionnaire about the laboratory where you will work on your project.
"About Our Project" Questionnaire — Due Date: July 15 2016 & update when your primary project idea changes
This is a short questionnaire about your primary project idea. Its main purpose is to encourage you to think about the safety of your project as a whole, rather than focusing narrowly on individual parts. It can also help you think about future applications of your project, and what safety health environmental issues would be important to consider.
You should complete the "About Our Project" questionnaire, and then revise it if you choose a new primary project idea.
Final Safety Form — Due Date: September 16 2016
The Final Safety Form is a more comprehensive review of your project, and it must be signed by an Instructor or Primary Contact of your team.
General rules and advice for working in and outside the lab.
iGEM teams should use BL1 organisms, you are not allowed to work with BL3 or BL4 organisms.
List of allowed organisms and organisms that require teams to contact HQ.
Do not Release
iGEM teams should not release any genetically modified organisms outside the lab.
Email safety AT igem DOT org any time, with any questions you might have!